A Couple of Microsoft Popfly Samples

Posted Oct 18, 2007

Silverlight is a plug-in used on the web made with Microsoft’s .NET Framework. Silverlight supports AJAX, visual Basic, Python, Ruby-on-Rails, and C#. At the Web 2.0 Conference, Microsoft presented Popfly, a software that allows users to drag-and-drop items on a browser without any software developer experience.

To use Popyfly, there are 4 primary menus:
1.) Create Stuff allows you to create a Mashup, a Webpage, a Block, and Popfly Explorer. Popfly Explorer allows users to import Visual Studio projects as well as share them.
2.) My Stuff is the portal for users to edit their Profiles, Public Profiles, send and receive messages, and modify Developer Keys and Projects.
3.) Find Stuff is where users can find out what’s popular, search for projects, and search for people
4.) Other Stuff is a way to Tell Friends about Popfly, watch a video tutorial, write in forums, and find help.
Here is a sample application of Popfly being used to view Facebook profile pictures. Users can turn the pages by moving the pages with the mouse:

Another sample application available on the Popfly homepage is Twitter Chat Bubbles.  Below is a screen shot:

Essentially Silverlight makes creating Web 2.0-like applications seamless for developers.  It’s like what Microsoft FrontPage did for us in the late 90s and early 2000’s: made writing HTML easier.  Silverlight makes creating Web 2.0 applications and websites easier.