The world wide web might be living an evolutionary leap with these bridging applications
What is a widget, really?
The web is becoming a widget. You heard it: “build us widgets!” should be the cry to battle of any web savvy organizations. But what exactly is a widget? What is their intrinsic purpose? How can they be monetized? Turns out that what started out as an exercise in coding, might well take over and transform the world as we know it. It already has.
Perhaps coined from the word used to describe a mechanical contraption or a ‘gadget’, when widgets sprung up, someone was smart enough to baptize them with a generic name: in essence, widgets are compact and modular interactive programs similar to web applications, or short snippets of code, that are used to produce a desired result, whatever this might be. They can do anything. Typically, for a program of this sort to be called a widget it needs to live outside of its original environment, thus it could even be called a third party application.