Popfly Now in Public Beta!
For those of you who know what Popfly is the title says it all... as announced today at the Web 2.0 summit by Steve Ballmer you can now sign up for immediate access here.
For those of you not familiar with Popfly it is a new online tool (built in Silverlight) from Microsoft which allows you to easily create your own web applications through a simple graphical interface and publish them to any website.
The interface utilises 'blocks' to allow users to create applications. Blocks are a mechanism which allow users to pull data from other web sites/services, manipulate the data and output it in a new way all using a graphical interface and no code. This allows users to create brand new web applications in minutes without any technical experience or messing around with APIs.
What's more the block architecture is completely extensible so users can easily create new blocks to pull/manipulate/display their data in new and exciting ways and there's also a really strong community around the product allowing you to share both your blocks and finished apps.
So at this point you're thinking one of two things... 1) This sounds too good to be true, what's the catch? 2) Sounds interesting but what can it actually do?
To address both of these trains of thought I set myself a challenge... build a simple web app in Popfly in as little time as possible and do a screencap of the build to show the interface and functionality. So here it is: