Archive for April, 2007

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NECC 2007: Leopard Will Be There

April 25, 2007

This June, Atlanta will be hosting NECC 2007 (National Educational Computing Conference), which is the largest educational technology exhibit in the world. WeatherBug is going to have a booth there to help draw attention to WeatherBug Achieve and all of the other educational tools that we’re offering, and since this is a big deal and Atlanta is near my hometown, I’ll be attending the conference on June 25th and 26th to demo and spread the word about Leopard’s usefulness in the classroom to the more than 18,000 members of education who are expected to be in attendance.

Like I’ve said before, some important things are starting to happen for Leopard, so this is an exciting time and a perfect opportunity to reach the educational community. If you’re going to be in attendance at the conference, then please stop by the WeatherBug booth and say hello!

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Web Control

April 9, 2007

In the forthcoming version of Leopard which is set to arrive almost any day now, a new control will be making an appearance alongside the Web browser control, and that is the Web control.

What’s the difference? Well, with the Web browser control, you can display Web pages just like you would in your Web browser, but the Web control allows you to embed content from the Internet directly in your program. If you’re familiar with blogs and social networking, then you can vouch for the existence of a wide array of widgets that can do any number of things. With the Web control, you’ll be able to use these widgets in your Leopard programs, and this opens up a variety of interesting possibilities.

Do you want to display a list of YouTube videos in your program? No problem. Are you interested in developing a custom application for your stock portfolio that includes a widget that keeps track of how your stocks are performing? Easy – just use the Web control.

In terms of a WeatherBug example, I created a program that includes a camera image and the weather details for Stone Mountain here in Georgia, however, in order to enhance a user’s understanding of what the area is like, I added a Google Maps widget that encourages navigation of the local terrain.

The Web control also accepts HTML input, so you can display images, create links, and practice your HTML coding from within Leopard. Thanks to the Web browser and Web controls, you can now literally use any piece of content that you find on the Internet in your software.

You’ll be seeing real samples of this functionality soon enough, but just know that I’m very excited about the inclusion of these features because the possibilities truly are endless.

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Development Update

April 5, 2007

We know that you’ve been wanting to turn your Leopard programs into executable files that are independent of Leopard, and we’ve responded to this request by providing a registered component in the forthcoming version of Leopard for those who are interested.

I’ve finished writing the sample programs that are to be included with the final distribution while we go back and forth on some important details that are essential for the upcoming release. I’m trying my best to push hard and get v2.1 out the door as soon as possible, and even though the software is done, there’s still some Web site work to do.

Trust me, I’m ready to open this up to world so that I can focus my efforts on approaching schools and helping them to understand why Leopard is good for their students.