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  • Blog Post: Popfly Game Engine Code on Codeplex

    Though we decommissioned Popfly last Monday, Ben Anderson from the (former) Popfly team worked his magic (along with a lot of help from others, including our legal team) to get the Popfly Game Engine code on Codeplex under the MS-PL. Give it a look. Technorati Tags: Popfly , MS-PL , Codeplex
  • Blog Post: Popfly Game Creator Beta, or "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges..."

    Popfly , which we opened to the public last fall as a web mashup tool, has come a long way. Over the last ten months we launched an add-in for Visual Studio ( Popfly Explorer ) so people could create and open projects on the Popfly site from VS, a lightweight structured data storage system, we worked...
  • Blog Post: Time to Brag!

    Have you created a really cool Popfly project? If so, we want to hear from you! Click here to send us your story and you may be featured on our site! Technorati Tags: Popfly
  • Blog Post: Ten Fun Popfly Games

    Created by students. AlfredTh has the list . Technorati Tags: Popfly , Casual Games , Students
  • Blog Post: Adding Your Images to Games

    A coworker who is teaching Popfly to his daughter just asked me, I'm working with my daughter who is working on a game and she wants to import a picture to be an actor. How does she do that? And is there a wiki or other site to get these kinds of answers? For once in my life, I have answers...
  • Blog Post: How to Make a Popfly Application a Full Facebook Application

    In this short screencast , I'll show you how to take a Popfly application (in this case, a mashup) and turn it into a full Facebook application using the ".facebook" feature of Popfly. Technorati Tags: Popfly , Silverlight , Facebook , Screencast
  • Blog Post: Popfly: My Favorite Feature This Time

    The neat thing about working on a team that updates its product every 4-5 weeks is that every 4-5 weeks I get to have a new favorite feature. With yesterday evening's update to Popfly I had a bunch to choose from (Adam Nathan outlines many of them here ) and I'm torn. We have an improved look and feel...
  • Blog Post: What People Do with the Game Creator

    In two weeks we've gotten a bunch of interesting, fun games built with the Popfly Game Creator. Some of the team's personal picks are now on our Wiki . I wound up playing Ninja Ball for quite some time. Technorati Tags: Popfly , Silverlight , games
  • Blog Post: Why Build a Game Creator?

    Several people have asked me, "Why would we do this?" They imply that there are so many better things to do. I typically speak about it in terms of increasing the potential universe of people who can create -- developers of a sort. And I've made the argument in the past that something like...
  • Blog Post: Popfly on Moonlight

    I'll be darned. Daniele Muscetta has Popfly running on Moonlight . Technorati Tags: Popfly , Virtual Earth , Moonlight , Silverlight , Mashups
  • Blog Post: Popfly in the News

    You probably already know that Mark Frydenberg at Bentley College used Popfly in some of his introduction to information technology courses. Campus Technology magazine pointed to his work to show how Bentley is trying to teach the impact of technology on business practice. When students use Popfly to...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Update

    Earlier in the week we quietly updated Popfly. Why quietly? Because we really didn't add any new features. We fixed some bugs, sure, but mostly what we did was roll out an improved caching system. Between the middle-tier cache and changes we made to take better advantage of the browser's cache, we're...
  • Blog Post: It's About the Data

    Popfly , a mashup tool, depends on three things: data that is simple to access programmatically, interesting, and available under terms that enable users to work with it. As with most software endeavors, you can pick two. The government has a huge amount of interesting data that's available under really...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Nominated for CNET Webware 100

    Today Popfly was nominated for a Webware 100 award . As you can see on the Popfly team blog, this means we need people to help us by voting for Popfly . So please vote for Popfly . Just like regular elections, you can vote up to three times . (Yes, that's a joke.) And please encourage your friends to...
  • Blog Post: Applying The "Ken Burns" Effect to Your Photos

    One of the things that Popfly does well is take photos from one place (e.g. Flickr , Live Image Search , Facebook , Live Spaces ) and display them in another (e.g. your blog) in pretty ways. Tim on our team created a really nice block called "MovingSlideShow" that takes simple photo display a step further...
  • Blog Post: Make Any Blog Show Your Most Recent Posts

    Adam Nathan created a pretty cool Popfly gadget the other day. You can see it on this very blog if you look to the right: the Recent Posts section. Basically, this is a Popfly mashup that reads the last few blog posts from my blog and generates a nice HTML list that I can then present on the right side...
  • Blog Post: Popfly's Silverlight Display Blocks

    One of the scenarios a lot of Popfly customers have tried is to create a block . Display blocks have been particularly hard to create until recently (with the latest release of Popfly and Popfly Explorer ' it got much easier) and Tim Rice has blogged about the process of creating one. Update: Steven...
  • Blog Post: USB Stick in the Sky

    Passing VS projects around is a common-enough task. I don't mean those times when you're trying to do joint development, I mean those times when you have a sample or solution that you want to share with someone to show how it solves a particular problem. Typically you send them as ZIP files in email...
  • Blog Post: Screencasting the Hard Way

    With today's update to Popfly , comes a new Popfly screencast. Or kind of a screencast. It turns out that when you leave a development team alone for a few days, they do strange and wonderful things. Like stage a live-action screencast that uses humans dressed up as Popfly blocks to demo how to build...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Named to PC World Top 25 Most Innovative List

    This morning, PC World posted a story about the top 25 most innovative products of 2007 and Popfly made the list. Needless to say, we're celebrating here at Popfly HQ, though I have to say that at 8:30AM on the Friday of Christmas week the "celebration" consists of me having a cup of herbal tea and chuckling...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Beta Today

    Today, Steve Ballmer announced at the Web 2.0 Summit that Popfly has moved from closed alpha to open beta; we've lifted the invitation-only restriction and anyone with a Live ID can now browse to the site, create an account, and start building and embedding mashups. So what's new in this release? The...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 Summit Kiosk Application

    The Popfly team put together an application that aggregates news about the Web 2.0 Summit. If you go to Web2Summit's Twitter account and click "Follow," post your blog postings with a Technorati tag of Web2Summit and your Flickr photos with a Web2Summit tag, they should appear on the screens around the...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 Summit Presentation Over

    Evidently I had 75 minutes, not 45 minutes. 30 minutes of vamping. Technorati Tags: Web2Summit , Popfly
  • Blog Post: 8:30AM Wednesday: Popfly Presentation at Web 2 Summit

    I'm sitting here in San Francisco preparing myself for a presentation tomorrow morning at the Web 2.0 Summit . Ostensibly the presentation is on Microsoft's Software + Services In Action. I guess they asked me to do it because they decided "in action" means "show a really long demo of Popfly ." What...
  • Blog Post: Brad Demoed Popfly

    Brad Abrams demoed Popfly at ReMix Boston. It was in the context of explaining RIAs and Silverlight, but it's always nice to be called out as a cool example of something. Technorati Tags: Popfly , ReMix , Silverlight
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