November 10th, 2005 | Published in Google Desktop
A "hello world" program is used in many introductory programming tutorials, so we thought we would follow the tradition and show everyone how easy it is to write a "hello world" plug-in for Google Desktop.
So let's get started:
pluginHelper.title = "Hello World!";
We're done! We just created the simplest Sidebar panel welcoming you to the world of programming for Google Desktop.
Of course we can make the plug-in more interesting. Let's add "Hello World!" greetings in various languages. It is very easy to add items to a panel and provide descriptions for each item.
var item = new ContentItem();
item.heading = "Bonjour Monde!";
item.snippet = "Hello World! translated in French...";
You can find more detailed examples and documentation online or by downloading the Google Desktop SDK. The Google Desktop Developer group is also a good source of information.
Once your program is ready, use the plug-in installer tool provided in the SDK to generate a plug-in package ready for deployment.