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You probably haven't heard of it, but you're also probably going to start hearing a lot about it in the near future.

Popfly is being announced today - as I'm posting this, actually.

To keep it short and simple so you can get right to watching the video, Popfly makes it easy for non-devs to create web sites, mashups, and more.

Drag, drag, click - you've got a Flikr + Virtual Earth mashup.

You can even point and click your way to a Vista Gadget.

No kidding.

After watching our video, check out the overview here and there is also an article over on techcrunch.

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    Adam Nathan
    For more demos, be sure to check out https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=91175!
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    eagle
    Yahoo pipes in Sliverlight.

    Why did Techcrunch and the Scobleizer get a heads-up when Microsoft community bloggers didn't?


    Greetings!

    We have received your request for an invitation to Popfly. We will e-mail your invitation when we send out our next batch of invites. If you have any further questions about Popfly, you can reach the Popfly team at our Popfly User Feedback address: suf@microsoft.com

    Cheers,

    The Popfly Team


    Cheers, is that how you great people in the Great Northwest?

    Greetings was the way the US Draft board greated you.

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    Minh
    Dan Fernandez is a woman? Who knew?

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    tewissler

    Great Video Rory-

    This looks awesome.

    Nice add in for Visual Studio for devs.
    Nice web interface for both devs and non-devs.

    Tools like these are going to bring even more and more people into development - this is going to be a great tech!

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    Royal​Schrubber

    Great video, popfly will realy rock when it comes out Big Smile

    One thing bothers me though - I am not that much of a web developer although I have some experiences, just not with ASP.NET/web services etc - I am kinda basic scripting lanuage+sql guy. So the question is - do I need IIS/Windows machine to run Popfly? Or is it completely static content and you can run it from let's say OpenBSD with Apache/Lighttpd (that's what I would do) so everything is executed on client machine in a browser? 
    Where is it  hosted/executed? Thx for answers Smiley

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    Andy_S
    Cheers is the British way though Wink.
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    jamie
    so is this why c9 ver 4 is taking so long? will it have Popfly support (ie; the sandbox gadgets etc ?
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    Charles
    jamie wrote:
    so is this why c9 ver 4 is taking so long? will it have Popfly support (ie; the sandbox gadgets etc ?


    V4 is written on a completely different code base. That is the reason it's taking a while to complete... It's a monumental task and the dev team has been cranking really, really hard. It has nothing to do with Popfly support, though that's an interesting idea, Jamie.

    C
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    Gannotti
    This absolutely rocks.  What I really would love to see is a biz focused version that could be hosted behind a firewall, have biz focused blocks (business data, news, etc) and have the ability to publish the resultant mashup natively to SharePoint. That would absolutley rock and really shake up the Intranet world.
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    ZippyV
    Minh wrote:
    Dan Fernandez is a woman? Who knew?



    Why do you laugh with Dan because he has a high voice?
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    Michael Griffiths
    Does anyone else get the feeling someone sat down and said "Let's design the next-generation code hobbyst sharing site?"

    Popfly - with it's Visual Studio integration, ease of creating gadgets and displaying data - looks like the perfect place to create a community of people built around Microsoft technology. Hell, it's obviously not aimed at the mainstream, and the Advanced View to edit modules has some incredible power.

    The team says they're working on allowing people to share Windows Forms programs, and I'll bet WPF is easy enough.

    I am seriously impressed. It can grab amateurs, and has some features for more advanced users. The social element looks well thought-out and the ability to "Rip" mashups is, well, totally cool.

    Gannotti: You've spent too much time working for Microsoft Smiley Something like that would be pretty cool though, particularly for Sales folks. It'd be a perfect complementry product to fold into Microsoft Dynamics.
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    eagle
    Charles wrote:
    
    jamie wrote:
    so is this why c9 ver 4 is taking so long? will it have Popfly support (ie; the sandbox gadgets etc ?


    V4 is written on a completely different code base. That is the reason it's taking a while to complete... It's a monumental task and the dev team has been cranking really, really hard. It has nothing to do with Popfly support, though that's an interesting idea, Jamie.

    C



    We hope that C9 V4 will be Silverlight and Silverbright.
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    phreaks
    We have received your request for an invitation to Popfly. We will e-mail your invitation when we send out our next batch of invites. If you have any further questions about Popfly, you can reach the Popfly team at our Popfly User Feedback address: suf@microsoft.com

    Sad

    I like the ducks on the home page though.

    //Ducks are super cool.
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    littleguru
    I have a few questions for the Popfly guys. I have posted them in the Coffeehouse Popfly thread: http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=308523#308523

    Thanks!
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    Minh
    ZippyV wrote:
    
    Minh wrote:
    Dan Fernandez is a woman? Who knew?



    Why do you laugh with Dan because he has a high voice?

    Really? Oops! Sorry. I didn't know. I thought it was someone else doing the voice-over. I hadn't watch Rory's video either. I just saw the demo. (feeling embarassed).

    I just watched the video. ZippyV, stop messing w/ me! Smiley

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    Dan
    Minh wrote:
    Dan Fernandez is a woman? Who knew?



    LOL, you guys crack me up, I'm a guy (see my other C9 videos for "proof") and my voice isn't that high.

    As this is C9, I'll give you some background. Suzanne Thompson is the Program Manager who works on things like user feedback, tutorials, screencasts, etc. Early on she started to do some demo screencasts and, although she has no professional voice training, we thought she sounded like a Pro. Rather than use my inferior voice, we went with Suzanne for all of the videos.

    For this actual video, I wrote a demo script for Suzanne to read aloud (with her edits of course) and we met up early this week to record on my laptop/account.

    We used Camtasia for the screencase and she read the script aloud while I followed along "driving" the PC. In general it's easier to record the audio *after* the video.

    In any case, I have not had a sex change operation Smiley


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    Charles
    First Silverlight. Now Popfly. We ARE changing, people! Smiley
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    vshamanovsky
    I requested my invitation, can hardly wait.
    Microsoft continues to rock the world.
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    swiatecki
    Wow, i love this - im quite sure this could be used in schools for beginning very simple programming and act as a appetizer for young students  -

    I kindof reminds me of "Robolab" - the school edition of Lego Mindstroms

    Sweet Big Smile
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    ben2004uk
    I love the popfly explorer - being able to share and view other projects with your friends...

    Very cool that you can share your VS projects...

    Plus its great to see a non-movie playing Silverlight app Smiley

    Can't wait to see how cool / easy it is to write the blocks...
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    Bas
    This is looking incredibly awesome. I can't wait to see what the whole IT/Internet landscape will look like when all this stuff has had time to catch on.

    One question though.. Popfly is aimed at developers and non-devs. I have to ask: how many non-developers are going to create mashups and the like?
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    ben2004uk
    Imagine all this kind of stuff on people's MySpace/LiveSpace.... that is where the non-devs will love it - I think anyway.  At the moment people have 3rd party controls (like Slideshow/Music player) which is pretty off the the shelf, with this they would be able to create and customize whatever they want.

    Going to be cool!!  I admit, I prefer the fact that you can share projects around friends - could be very cool to see what everyone is working on quickly and easily.
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    Blooming​Vision
    This is awesome. I am and have been amazed at the level of innovation coming out of Microsoft over the last five years. I keep telling other developers that I know about the stuff you guys are doing and no one seems to really 'get' it. It seems like the 'stack' of all these great things is emerging as a cohesive whole for which you now have a platform to build amazing things like popfly. I would imagine that projects like this would only accelerate as the knowledge and creative ideas around what can be done with these new technologies begins to proliferate throughout the company.

    But honestly, not only would I say that Microsoft is the most innovative tech company currently on the block but, it's the most open which of course is key in accelarating and securing the adoption of the platform. I'm vaguely aware of things Apple and Google are working on only because I know a few people that love to talk about things that are 'Top Secret'. The first Core Animation Beta is set to release in about 3 weeks and still the major peice of information is a marketing video of a "3D Photo-Domino". I think by the same time in WPF's history there had been nearly a year of CTP's, ton's of docs, articles, blogs from the developers and evangilists on all major aspects of the platform and even a book on the market. This is why I hate to see Apple gain market share... I dont want to have to be in the unforunate position of having to design and write apps for a company that's run like the CIA when it comes to releasing developer oriented information.
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    Bas
    ben2004uk wrote:
    Imagine all this kind of stuff on people's MySpace/LiveSpace.... that is where the non-devs will love it - I think anyway.


    Yeah, see.. Kids on MySpace creating mashups? I just don't see that happening.
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    oyobooks
    i agree, totally.
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    Lloyd_Humph
    Wont kill proper programming, though. With complexity comes job security, so MS will still keep some things pretty complex, ill bet. Can't wait for my invite...it better come soon I'm raring to go. 

    I'm going with the crowd on this one - its going to rock.

    Who're the 25 C9ers?

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