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Universal Music gadget for Windows Vista

Universal Music gadget for Windows Vista

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I've just been sent a new Windows Vista sidebar gadget produced by Universal Music - see http://www.umusic.co.uk/gadget/. Very cool, I love it.

If you have Windows Vista give it a whirl and let me know what you think.

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  • It seems like there would be more Gadget development if Microsoft had chosen to use one of their own languages, such as .NET or VB script, rather than choosing Javascript.  By making such a choice Microsoft has eliminated much of their own developer community who chose to learn the Microsoft languages rather than the competitors languages.

    Thank you

  • You can write sidebar gadgets in C#.  Admittedly, it's a bit of a fiddle since they're hosted in a browser-like host.

  • You can actually use any supported scripting language, including VBscript. Just make sure that you declare it as a VBscript in the gadget.html file, such as:

    <script type="text/javascript" src="scripts/prototype.js"></script>

    Again, you can specify whatever script type you want as long as it's a supported scripting framework; js, vb, c#, etc.

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