The next day I ran into John in the SDN Clubhouse and he said Hey Eric! I finished a native Mac version of the TechEd schedule widget running on Dashboard! How cool is that? Now before all you non-Mac users say what a waste of time, it already ran on Mac! Id like to bring up my biggest gripe about the Yahoo!s widget engine: you cant easily hide it and bring it back. That means my cool 520×240 pixel widget will constantly take up space unless I glue it to the desktop, necessitating me to close all my windows to briefly use a widget. With Apples dashboard, you can set-up a hot corner on your screen and just drag your mouse over to it and voila! You have widgets.
Just after launching the TechEd Schedule Widget for TechEd ’06 in Las Vegas, I ran into John Astill, a regular in the SDN blogger community and a fellow Mac user. He gave me hell for not publishing a native Dashboard version of the widget. Truth be told, I wasnt even sure the one we made would run on Mac in the first place using the OS X version of Yahoo!s widget engine (it did).