August 18th, 2008 | Published in iGoogle
While the recent focus has been on the canvas view feature, exciting progress has been made on the OpenSocial front. Developers now have an opportunity to test out parts of the OpenSocial 0.8 specification in the sandbox. If you're interested in seeing what's changed in 0.8, check out the release notes. Not everything mentioned in the notes is implemented yet, so consider this a preview release.
If you haven't yet had a chance, this is a great time to try the Developer Application for OpenSocial (DAfOS). DAfOS lets you edit, save, and run snippets of gadget code. Best of all, there is a special version that supports OpenSocial 0.8. Here are some samples using the new idSpec class to get you started: