I am working on a new AFL Ladder Widget, it will be a completely new widget for the 2009 AFL season, with new a new look and rewritten code. I hope to have the widget ready before the first round starts, but as in past years, I don’t expect that will be possible.
The problem is that the websites the Widget uses to fetch the ladder data from do not normally have their own ladders up and working correctly until the end of the first round of the regular season. It is not until then that I can work out the URLs that are required by the Widget. In past years (I’ve been working on the widget on and off since early 2005!) it has not been possible to work these out until after the first round and I can’t see this changing this year.
But the new Widget will have a new look, be optimised for Leopard but on the whole will be familiar to those who have used the Widget in the past.
So stay tuned!
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I finally got some time to address the issues people have been having with v1.5.4.
So here’s v1.5.5 which hopefully fixes the problems people have been having. The problem seems to have been due to the dodgy way I was storing the preference for the ladder data source in the preferences file. This update should fix it – but let me know if it doesn’t!
This version also introduces a refresh button on the front of the widget and fixes the ladder data from finalsiren.com.
Head over to the AFL Widget page to download it.
There seems to be a problem for some people where by the new AFL Ladder widget doesn’t load properly. The problem seems to be with the widget preferences file.
I suggest closing the widget down, delete the widget preferences file (found under ~/Library/Preferences/widget-org.dyndns.expat.widget.aflladder.plist) then relaunch the AFL Ladder widget. You might also need to restart dashboard or reboot your Mac.
Ready for round 2 of season 2008, go to the AFL Widget page to download it.
I had to make fixes for all 3 sources this time around, hopefully they won’t change again in round 2!
Let me know if it’s working ok for you.
In what seems to have become a annual ritual, I’ve got an update to the AFL Ladder Widget on the way for the Mac OS X Dashboard.
This release fixes the ladder data fetching routines that have broken since the end of the 2007 season (the finalsiren.com and afl.com.au sources had stopped working with v1.5.3) and the update doesn’t introduce any new features. Don’t hold your breath for any new features either, I simply don’t have the time!
I might hold back on releasing it for the time being, perhaps until the season starts so that I don’t have to go through the same trouble I had last year of releasing a “fixed” version before the season started only to have it break again after round 1!
Your widgets should alert you when the new version is available to download.
Carn the Crows!