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Berkeley, CA, United States, 2008/02/29 - To help users make the most of all that’s offered by Microsoft's new 'mashup' tool, Popfly, Apress has published the first book on this exciting technology: Foundations of Popfly: Rapid Mashup Development (ISBN-13: 978-1-59059-951-8).
Microsoft Popfly, one of the most innovative products around at the moment, allows users to quickly and easily create and share countless unique mashups and web content. Through this tool, users can take advantage of the heavy lifting already done by other programmers and the functionality supplied by public APIs in the form of web services from such providers as Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, and a growing list of others. To help users make the most of all that’s offered, Apress has published the first book on this exciting technology: Foundations of Popfly: Rapid Mashup Development.
Foundations of Popfly is written for the non-programmer or enthusiast who wants to create new software fast. Author Eric Griffin starts out by introducing the concept of mashups and the world of opportunity that they open before showing readers how Popfly acts as a friendly front end to what traditionally have been the complex technologies necessary to create them. He demonstrates how Popfly uses blocks to create mashups that consume RSS feeds and integrate content from sources such as Flickr, Upcoming, and Virtual Earth; he also teaches how to share blocks using Popfly’s own community site, as well as how to use Popfly to create web pages that can contain any mashups.
The book even explores how Popfly blocks actually work, giving readers the power to make better use of or tweak what’s already on offer. Armed with this knowledge, readers can move on to creating and adding new blocks to the Popfly environment via the Popfly block creator or Visual Web Developer.
PC World listed Popfly as one of the most innovative products of the 2007, and Apress are proud to have published the first book on this new technology. Mashups are inspiring a new generation of technology enthusiasts and programmers. Foundations of Popfly: Rapid Mashup Development helps to realize this inspiration.
• Foundations of Popfly: Rapid Mashup Development
• By Eric Griffin
• ISBN-13: 978-1-59059-951-8
• ISBN-10: 1-59059-951-9
• 216 pp.
• Published Jan 2008
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