SideBar Gadgets are just darn easy.
I couldn't think of a catchy title, so I went with the above (its late, and I'm in a silly mood).
So, I've been tinkering around in SideBar Gadget Land during breaks between my Microsoft Induction training(s) and am amazed each time I dig deeper as to how much mischief one is able to get up to, armed with a little old SideBar Gadget housed within Vista's SideBar (Drag and Drop files?).
I mention this as I was just talking to a developer online then about SideBar Gadgets. Now, this person gave me quite a confused look regarding "SideBar Gadgets" and mentioned that not only had he not heard of them, but dropped the one-liner that i've been finding common in discussions.
"... I'd love to play with them, but yeah, don't know DotNet! - So teach me Barnesy! or else!..."
DotNet? Its ok, I should also point out that this person sits inside the Coldfusion/Java realm (all the power to him I say). It's not an isolated remark, and I've seen it quite a lot. It's the fear that somehow SideBar Gadgets mean "DotNET" development, or that we (Microsoft) have served up some sort of C#, .NET Framework ball of code that all must bow before and embrace.
Thankfully, we haven't and heres a secret most of the folks on Gadget Gallery already know.
So, if you are keen to jump into SideBar Gadgets, please drop me a line as I want to hear your war stories going forward. In fact, I want any war stories, comments, criticism (hatemail included, but watch the F and S bombs, as it may get Filtered out) on anything regarding SideBar Gadgets. So if you're a SideBar Gadget Designer / Coder, drop me a line with your pain points in developing them.
Here's a great Link to help you get your head into the SideBar Gadget space (all the kids are doing it, its the fashion accessory of 2007):