February 23, 2009

Another note to myself to check out iWidgets.

Apparently this is a “PowerPoint-like” widget builder that takes strong design cues from Yahoo! Pipes.

Joining with the Web 2.0 “go-meta” business model , iWidgets provides a service that lets you build widgets once and deploy them to various popular widget APIs and platforms.

Peter Yared (CEO of iWidgets) says:

I wrote the initial builder in [another framework] and found it obtuse. After spending literally a week trying to turn the date picker into a color picker, I threw in the towel. A friend of mine turned me on to jQuery and I fell in love with how clean and fast it was, the way it separates the HTML from JavaScript is beautiful. So I rewrote the builder we had at the time in jQuery in a two week coding session! Soon after that I got funding from Opus Capital, and when I looked to hire people, I found 3 out of 4 of our engineers through the jQuery mailing list. It’s funny how things like that work out; I ended up finding total rockstars because they were playing with a cool new library.

Bill Orcutt recently announced the release of Lily. I can’t get into the demos at work so this is just a note to check this out later.

I’m happy to announce the first beta release of Lily, an open source, Mozilla based visual programming environment written in Javascript. Lily is a modular framework that allows you to wire together Javascript library components graphically. Currently there are Lily modules that wrap components from the YUI, JQuery & Scriptaculous libraries. There are also modules that provide access to the file system, browser storage, network & graphics. Lily programs can be
saved as standalone XULRunner applications or as Firefox addons.

Have a look at the demo applications below to get a feel for some of what Lily can do: