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:

http://www.vimeo.com/625294
http://www.vimeo.com/625739
http://www.vimeo.com/626481
http://www.vimeo.com/625141

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Yahoo! User Interface

February 10, 2007

I’ve been tinkering around with the YUI components. The JS libraries offered by Yahoo! look like a really fast way to throw up a quick application. Here is a RSS 2.0 Feed Reader in less than 100 lines of code. Don’t throw out your scriptaculous libraries just yet, but definately worth a look if you’re trying to put together a quick app.