Creating a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget Using SQL Anywhere 10 Web Services A whitepaper from Sybase iAnywhere CONTENTS Introduction 3 Accompanying resources 3 Creating the web service for a gadget 3 Creating the sidebar gadget 11 Deploying the demo gadget 12 Summary 13 INTRODUCTION A Windows Vista Sidebar gadget is a user-friendly, highly graphical utility or widget that allows users to see key information about running applications. As a developer, gadgets add value to your solution because your end-users can quickly view key pieces of information relating to your application. Database-driven solutions can use gadgets to display important application information stored inside the database.
For example, you can create a small notification gadget to notify users of certain database changes or gather database statistics for performance monitoring. This whitepaper describes the details of creating a Windows Vista Sidebar gadget that displays information stored inside a database. To accomplish this, Sidebar gadgets make use of HTML and web technologies and because SQL Anywhere 10 features easy-to-setup web services, the creation of such a gadget is fairly straightforward.
The sample gadget directly queries a SQL Anywhere 10 web service for its content. It uses the sample database installed with the product and displays a ... more. less.