Building a simple mashup step by step with Popfly
If you don't know what is Popfly, please read my previous post for an introduction : Popfly: Let's have fun!
Here my goal is just to show you the few steps involved during the creation of a complete mashup with Popfly, for those of you who do not want to bother asking for an invitation nor watching a webcast, or maybe fed up with beta things?
Just look below and discover how to build a Blaugh carousel in 35 sec (4 steps)!!
One of the options in the home page at www.popfly.ms is to "Create a Mashup", and is kindly enough to remind us the definition of a mashup.
Building a mashup with Popfly is just a matter of using at last two existing blocks and link them together.
So here we go, click on "Create a mashup" !!
1. From the Blocks list on the left pane, drag and drop the Blaugh block on the work surface.
Note: the list is already impressive, an easy way to find a block is to begin typing letters in the search box and results appears live in an AJAX way.
The block appears with a 3d effect (Silverlight), and can be configured with the wrench icon (but we do not even need that now).
Click on the bulb icon to get a list of blocks which would work well with the current one.
2. Add a Carousel block.
3. Link both blocks together by clicking on the blue disc:
4. You are done!
Note that the work area's background displays a preview of your mashup :
Click on preview to test your mashup : the page shows a 3d carousel displaying last 20 Blaugh pictures!
Advanced steps ;-) click on the wrench to configure a block :
You can customize inputs (parameters) of each available operations (web service). By default, you see that my carousel's parameters has been filled with data output from the Blaugh's block : very smart!!
See you on a next post to learn what you can do with your mashup.