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Raplets tutorial part 3 – Add metadata section to your Raplet

1 Nov

It’s time we make our Raplet configurable for everyone who wants to use it! Precisely, we are making it ready to be personalized… Not clear yet? Say we are making a Raplet for XYZ API which provides its users an API key for accessing the data. With a metadata section, users of our Raplet will be able to use their API key with our Raplet and hence access their data through the Raplet. And most important, the metadata section allows us to give our Raplet a firm identification by giving it a name, description, a logo etc. This information is also used when our Raplet is configured by Rapportive.
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Raplets tutorial part 2 – Add Javascript to your Raplet

1 Nov

This is the 3rd article in the series of my articles on Raplet development and I assume you followed my previous articles on Raplet development before reading this one. If you want to know what Raplets are and start making your first Raplet then I suggest you read my previous posts:

  1. Building Raplets – Get started from here!
  2. Raplets tutorial part 1 – ‘Hello World’

In this article, we’ll see how we add Javascript to our Raplet to make it more jazzy! I assume you followed my previous posts on Raplet development and have the ‘Hello World’ Raplet running in you Gmail inbox. Cuz we’ll be using the same example to continue making it better with jQuery. Continue reading

Raplets tutorial part 1 – ‘Hello World’

31 Oct

In this post we’ll actually start playing around with Raplets by making our first Raplet, the ‘Hello World’ Raplet. If you don’t know what Raplets are, then I suggest you read my previous post which will give you an introduction of Raplets.

Create a file ‘raplet.php’ with your favorite editor and save it in a folder of your choice in your root directory (I’m on a windows machine, so my root directory is ‘C:/wamp/www/’ and I’m naming my folder as ‘Raplet’). This is the main raplet file. It accepts the requests and (optionally calls out other functions/files for processing that data) sends the responses. Continue reading

Building Raplets – Get started from here!

31 Oct

Ever noticed the advertisements sidebar in your Gmail inbox? Now you can turn it into a platform to add interactive apps that can lead to a better email experience… and possibly to a better business outreach… using ‘Raplets’ (I know the terms kinda new and strange but we’ll get to it soon)!

“Rapportive shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox.” (Taken from the Rapportive website)

Rapportive, is a free add-on for Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Mailplane. It adds a sidebar to your Gmail inbox which displays your social contacts. Just open up an email and the sender’s details including his name, image, email address, updates from Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn (Just to name a few!) are displayed in the Rapportive sidebar. Awesome way to establish a ‘rapport’… hence the name, Rapportive!
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