Today, Microsoft introduced Popfly, a simplified programming language based on Silverlight for the kind of social network mashup programming so beloved by the Web 2.0 crowd. Microsoft development tools CVP S. “Soma” Somasegar explains on his blog:
Popfly is a tool and social network that provides a fun and easy way to build and share mash-ups, gadgets, Silverlight experiences, and Web pages using pre-built “Blocks” that connect to online services. Consisting of two parts:
· Popfly Creator – a set of online visual tools for building Web pages and mashups
· Popfly Space – an online community of creators where you can host, share, rate, comment and even remix creations from other Popfly users.
Popfly not only provides easy ways to build your first mash-up in minutes and a social community to share your creations, but also supports publishing creations to Windows Live Spaces, Typepad, any blog engine that supports the MetaWeblog API, and any site that supports iframes.
Right now Popfly is an invitation-only alpha but you can learn more about Popfly and sign up for the next release at the Popfly community at http://www.popfly.com.