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We’ve discussed the foundation topic on various blogs before. The goal of the widget  foundation is to remove the complexity of building enterprise widgets. Building enterprise  widgets should be as straight forward as regular widgets and enable widget developers to focus  on interaction design and not the finer points of SAP connectivity. This post discusses the  API aspect of the foundation.   The idea is to provide a JavaScript (JS) API to: 1) facilitate connections to SAP back ends 2) ensure secure communication and secure handling of corporate data 3) enable easy configuration of enterprise widgets 4) provide utility and helper classes  This is a high-level wish list of topics for the API. I’m posting it here today to get your  early feedback on the features that you will find useful, glaring omissions from the list or any other ideas you have for how the foundation should work.  Here we go:  Security   Authentication               Secude SSO               Kerberos               NTLM               User Name / Password          SSO2 Ticket Handling  Communication        HTTP/HTTPS        Web Services (incl secure Web Services)        RFC        Session Management  Landscape Management        SAP Directory Services        SAP Login List        SAP Portal        Web Services Discovery (UDDI/WSDL)  Configuration        Standard configuration for landscape and connections        Package configuration so it can be distributed with widgets        Support for configuring non-SAP systems (Feeds, Info Sites)        Server Side Configuration Component for IT deployment of widgets  Services and Utilities        BAPI to JS Data Type Converters (ex. Date)        Email Gateway Connectivity             This is in no way a version 1.0 list, if you want to comment on how features should be prioritized, please do so as well.  I will update this topic on a regular basis, as we move forward with the API definition.
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  1. Anonymous
    Hi,
    I hope,we could get all the items mentioned in the
    wishlist.
    I think,we can already access SAP backend from a
    widget through webservice calls in javascript.
    regards
    kaushik
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  2. Derek L Johnson
    I am very excited about the work that you are doing.  Any help simplifying the single sign on process would be very beneficial as the widget can already access BI data through web service.  Having widget users logon to multiple systems during execution could be limiting.
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