Since Kat (Jacobs, not me) seems interested, I thought I would put together a brief tutorial on the making of a Yahoo! Widget. Yes, folks, you, too can make a handy little application for the time-wasting enjoyment of others!
First, figure out what you’d like your Widget to do.Â I started with something simple: a counter to the 3rd season of “House.”Â There weren’t any “House” season counters yet, and I knew it had a big fan following (including my husband, Chris.)Â If I’d stopped there, I could have had the thing done in a couple of hours.Â But I also wanted it to display funnyÂ random quotes from the curmudgeonly Dr. House.
I opened Photoshop, and created a background PNG image using a promotional pic of Hugh Laurie I found on a Google search. I made it 300 x 300 pixels, because that seemed like a good size.
When I finally had a working version 1.0, I submitted it to the Yahoo! Widget Gallery.Â They accepted it the next day, and by the first few hours, rabid House fans had downloaded it over 400 times.