Opera Software has announced yet another Widget Developer contest. Up for grabs are a Windows Mobile phone (that runs Opera), Nintendo DS Lite and Opera goodie bags. You can find more detail here. Few months back Opera gave away a Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS Lite in another Widget Developer contest. However, this time the contest has a definite theme – “Travellers”.
Widgets was one of the big new features in Opera v9. Since, its release Opera Soft has actively promoted it and encouraged developers to create widget. The surprise new feature in Opera v8 was userjs. However, Opera has done precious little to encourage userjs writers. Opera’s negligence towards userjs is evident from the fact that myOpera doesn’t yet have an userjs gallery. The only site dedicated to Opera’s userjs – userjs.org (created by Arve Bersvendsen – an Opera user), is now defunct. Userjs is a wonderful tool and scripts like oSpell demonstrate its power. Yet, there are very few quality userjs available for Opera (especially in comparison to the number of Greasemonkey scripts being developed by the large Firefox community).
Undoubtedly, widgets are useful (especially on Mobile platform) and I am happy to see Opera actively promising Widgets. Last time we got two fantastic widgets from the winners (Video Manager and Time and Date). If Opera Software makes similar investment into userjs, I am sure we would have more quality scripts being written.
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