If you’re into Google Maps, check out Jon
Udell’s screencast demonstrating the
Google Maps Route Animation
Bookmarklet. Remarkable stuff. This project (consisting of a single line of
innovation, and just plain smarts. But it also raises some other interesting possibilities.
now, there’s a trend toward application extensibility, usually through web services,
driven by companies like Amazon, eBay, Google, Flickr, etc. But that’s all "server-side
extensibility". Why not client-side extensibility? Are we witnessing the beginning
of a new trend? I’ve experimented with bookmarkelts before, but it’s
very cool new functionality to the application practically as though it were native
functionality. It’s admittedly sketchy since Google’s code will likely change someday,
swiftly breaking the bookmarklet. But what if it were based on public, published
API rather than some very clever reverse engineering? As applications become
to build simple client-side extensions? Will we start extending RIAs in the same
way we extend Firefox? Man, I hope so!