Foundations of Popfly: Rapid Mashup Development (Books for by Eric Griffin

By Eric Griffin

Popfly is Microsoft’s access into the burgeoning mashup area. it's a visible, quick improvement software that any one – designers or builders – can use with no requiring any wisdom of code. This e-book covers every thing from novices developing their first net mashup, to complex clients growing their very own ‘blocks’ in visible Studio. It permits anyone to fast and simply create enjoyable and worthy mashup functions utilizing info from resources comparable to fb, flickr and Digg.

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Below the Flickr block, you will see a label saying Missing Key. As I stated in Chapter 1, many providers require the user to have a unique API key to use their services. Flickr requires that you have a key so that the company can track usage and prevent abuse of its service. Popfly blocks that require a key will display this label. Click the label to display a dialog box (see Figure 4-2) with information on how to obtain a key. 4. Once you have an API key, you can use Flickr services under the terms and condi- tions stipulated by Flickr.

In this case, the “source” list box shown in Figure 3-5 would be enabled, and you would have to choose which incoming block’s data to use. Notice that as soon as you dropped the News Reader block on the design surface, a preview of what the control looks like (with some default data) displays in the background. Click the right connector of the RSS block. The available block connection points will be highlighted in yellow (see Figure 3-7). A line appears as you move the mouse to a block connector.

Adding custom HTML If you type text into this area without markup, the text will appear in the background of the mashup with no styling. Using HTML tags gives you greater control and flexibility of the content that will appear.

into the text area (see Figure 3-11). The h1 tag is an HTML tag that represents the font style Header 1. Using it in this code formats the text to appear larger and bolder than surrounding text. The style attribute sets the color of the font to black (by default, the font color is white).

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