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Web companies settle on OpenSocial 0.9 specs

The latest incarnation of the standard for building Web applications is now in draft form.

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MySpace, Google, Yahoo, and other allies have settled on what they think should be in version 0.9 of OpenSocial, a standard designed to make it easier for programmers to write Web applications that will work on multiple Web sites.

The draft version of OpenSocial includes a number of new features to ease programmers' difficulties, according a blog post by MySpace architect Scott Seely. He describes some changes, though reserving most details for future posts, but here's MySpace's boiled-down list:


• OpenSocial Markup Language--gadget developers can create/modify templates by copying and pasting HTML
• API (application programming interface) for Albums--standard way apps look at a user's media (photos, songs, and movies) and allows developers to add/manage new albums
• Proxied content--OpenSocial developers can host applications on their own servers using tools they prefer such as Ruby, PHP, .NET
• Definition of fetch/cache/invalidate model--reduces load on development servers by stating which items can be stored by MySpace and other containers
• Simplified JS (JavaScript) API--reduces the amount of code one needs to write for an OpenSocial application

OpenSocial allies plan a developer release of OpenSocial 0.9 in January.