Google releases customisation APIs

By Derek Sooman on December 15, 2005, 8:08 PM
Google yesterday released tools developers can use to create small applications modules that can be added to people's Google home pages. It is possible for developers to create modules, or "widgets", that people can then use to enhance their personalised home pages on Google. Modules include a weather map, date and time, a customised Google logo and much more.

"With the Google Homepage API, developers can now create modules for the personalised homepage. It's designed to be flexible and easy to use, and you don't need to download anything to create a module," the official Google Blog said.

"Widgets are based on the XML file format, with additional JavaScript and HTML hosted on your own server, or if you don't have a server at any other public place, including Google Base," blogger and Google watcher Philipp Lenssen wrote in his Google Blogoscoped blog.

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tarun123v said:
these tools will really help developers a lot,it will make thier internet application flexible.This new idea will make it's rival's yahoo,MSN to do something about it .This idea is really a new one to implement
mentaljedi said:
What's Google secret? Its amazing how fast its exapnding and not giving an inch. First Google Earth, now developing tools, maybe they'll release a games console? The G-Generation console! Lol.
Eleventeen said:
Knowing Google, yeah, they probably would release a new games console. Im still excited about Google Earth too, looking basically anywhere in the world from an aerial view. I never realized how much your culture and lifestyle changes in a different country. It seems like in the past couple years or so Google exploded with new ideas and software.
Bartzy said:
I just posted a comment about the new research and investments google is making. I saw this news item yesterday, but now, after seeing the other one about google - I must respond.It's unbelieveable. Expect from Google Earth and those researches and developing tools, Google made Gmail (and by that created a "tournament" between Yahoo, Hotmail etc, and even smaller email companies, from Israel for example, that offers 2-3 GB storage), Google Talk, AdSense (for webmasters who want to make some money - like me :)) and more.Google, I salute you !
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