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NECC: Here We Come!

June 25, 2007

I’m currently sitting in a hotel room in Atlanta and preparing for the next two days to be full of Leopard demos and discussions with teachers and school administrators at NECC. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this conference, and I can’t wait to spread the word about Leopard to thousands of educational technology representatives.

We’ve issued a press release to announce that WeatherBug and its programming partners will be at NECC, and to let everyone know about the newly formed National Online Science and Programming Fair that Leopard is a part of.

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Purchase Leopard

June 8, 2007

Now that Leopard v2.1 has been out for a little over a month, we’re just starting to take orders for the registered version. When you purchase Leopard, an e-mail will be sent to you that contains the link to download the registered component so that you can create executables that run independently of Leopard.

If you’re involved with education, then please contact us directly to take advantage of the special educational rate.

Thanks for your support!

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Palo Alto Trip

June 6, 2007

I’m flying out to Palo Alto tomorrow morning to do a video interview about Leopard and will be coming back tomorrow night. It’s a quick trip, but this is a great opportunity for me to talk about Leopard. This will be my first time visiting this part of California, and since it’s the technology hub, I’m definitely looking forward to it. It’s going to be nice to finally visit a place that I’ve read and heard so much about.

Details will emerge as soon as the interview is published.

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Pirillo Digs Leopard

May 21, 2007

Chris Pirillo gave Leopard some great promotion on his blog a couple of days ago. He even said that regular power users should love Leopard just as much as they’ll love Microsoft’s highly acclaimed Popfly, which is quite a compliment.

Thanks, Chris!

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Leopard v2.1

May 7, 2007

It’s been about six months since WeatherBug and I became partners in distributing my beginner’s programming language called Leopard as a trial version through their network. During that time, we’ve received some fantastic and encouraging feedback from the users, and over the past few months, work has been done on developing the next version of Leopard, and in turn, the first full version for distribution by WeatherBug. Now that the development work on the latest version has been completed, I’m happy to announce that Leopard v2.1 is finally ready for the public!

This version expands on many of the things that we started to demonstrate with the trial version, and implementation with WeatherBug’s data is now far more complete. Not only do you have access to more weather data, but the flexibility that you have with that data has also improved.

Of course, at its core, Leopard is a programming language, and we’ve added more features that will open up new doors in terms of what you can create with the tool. One notable addition is that you can now embed content from the Internet directly in your applications, and this helps to bridge the gap between the Internet and the desktop.

We’re not ready to start taking orders for the registered version just yet, but we wanted to spread the word and let everyone know that they can now give the latest version a try. Please let us know what you think, and if you’re a member of the educational community, then I’d love to speak with you. To get started, just download the latest version of Leopard and check out the included sample applications and the User Guide. Once you’ve developed your own programs, be sure to submit them to us so that we can share your work with the community.

Thanks for your support!

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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.