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I’ve been experimenting with Popfly this weekend.  Here’s what I have learned:

  • Popfly is an alpha invite only program.  You can request an invite directly and some members have invites they can bestow upon others.
  • Popfly uses Silverlight 1.0.  If you install Silverlight 1.1, it won’t work.
  • Writing in Javascript (and XML) is fun but hard work.
  • You ‘ll want to download the SDK (the block building guide), which contains a really useful PDF that covers the basics.
  • There’s an add-in for Visual Studio 2005 called Popfly Explorer that allows you to create Popfly projects in Visual Studio.  There’s a sample solution in the SDK.
  • You’ll also want to look at some of the blocks that have already been written.
  • Popfly is a baseball term that means a high fly ball that can be easily caught, apparently.

Let’s just remember that this is only in Alpha.  When it’s in full flow – with debugging, intellisense, .NET Support (including the IronLanguage family, I hope), shiny blue LEDS  and so forth – it could very well be incredible.


Written by remark

September 23, 2007 at 11:07 pm

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