The Wishlist Blog

A Bodacious Amazon Widget
June 5, 2006, 4:41 pm
Filed under: Features, News, Web Development

Announcing the release of A Bodacious Amazon Widget.

A Bodacious Amazon Widget is an Dashboard widget for searching What separates this widget from the others that do something similar? ABAW is built with the assumption that, when you’re using the widget, you’re not really looking to purchase an item right then and there. Rather, an idea has popped into your head, and you’d like to make sure that you don’t forget about the product in question – but you’d really like to get back to working as soon as possible.

With that in mind, ABAW lets you easily add products from to a wishlist, which gets stored automatically as you use the widget. Add an item to this list, and it stays put. Once you’re ready, you can transfer all these items into a shopping cart automatically, and then checkout through Or, if you’d like, you can share your items in a public, private or password-protected wishlist, hosted free of charge at


The Plaxo Address Book Widget
May 5, 2006, 7:30 pm
Filed under: Features, Web Development

I just wanted to take a moment and voice my appreciation for Plaxo’s address book JavaScript widget. I use the widget on to enable members to send their wishlists to friends and family members.

Plaxo’s widget is basically a standalone JavaScript applet that takes the work out of retrieving contacts from other, proprietary locations. Ever had your project manager come up to you and say, “Hey! This website we’re working on – we’d really like to be able to retrieve email addresses from AOL Instant Messenger, from Yahoo Webmail, and from Gmail, and add those contacts to our system.” That’s what Plaxo’s widget does: you don’t need to worry about getting data from these various services (included are Gmail, Yahoo, Plaxo, MSN and Outlook) – Plaxo will do it for you, in its own popup window. It takes care of querying and parsing, and passes the contacts back to your website and scripts in the form of simple JavaScript objects.

You can investigate it for yourself, here

Seriously, adding this functionality to the “Share a wishlist” section of took less than 15 minutes. I’m very impressed.