I just saw that Michael at www.cpguru.com has just released a post on the new widgets and the widget API. He did a nice presentation highlighting some of the new stock widgets that Cp5 will be offering. I will try to complement his post with some information I learned from my short exposure with the Widgets.
Development Language – AS3
As Michael pointed out, Widgets in Cp5 must be written in AS3. This might be a relief for some developers (including me ) since they will not be asking themselves in which language they should develop their widgets. The downside is that by offering only AS3, some customers might be left alone with their legacy AS2 widgets and don’t have the means to convert all their old AS2 widgets to AS3. However, AS3 has been around for about 4 years now and Adobe had to make a move away from AS2 at some point. Lets just hope that this will not prevent people from moving to Cp5.
Backward Compatibility – Some Issues
Cp5 has been careful in trying to offer backward compatibility for Cp4 widgets. All the functions that were available in Cp4 are there in Cp5. However, there is one major difference that may cause your widgets (more…)