Microsoft has done a refresh of the beta of its Popfly mash-up tool.
On February 14, the company rolled out a refreshed version of Popfly which added a new data-source editor, allowing users to add their own data to mash-upsl; as well as a new search interface. The February refresh also adds other improvements, according to an entry on the Popfly blog, including Silverligt support for Popfly Web sites; a new help wiki; and new "blocks, like moving slide show.
Meanwhile, in other developer-related news, Microsoft is readying a new Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of ASP.Net with Model-View Controller (MVC) support that it plans to roll out at the Mix '08 show in early March, according to Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's .Net Developer Division.
Microsoft announced in December its plans to add support to its ASP.Net Web development platform for MVC, a technology that has been primarily in the domain of Java developers.
(MVC is an architectural pattern used in the Ruby on Rails development framework. Rails is an open-source framework for building "data-driven" Web sites and is built on top of the Ruby programming language. As an aside, Microsoft is working on its own implementation of Ruby, known as IronRuby.)
The new CTP build of ASP.Net with MVC support will be available to any interested testers via the Microsoft Downloads site, company officials have said.
(Thanks to Bink.nu for the Popfly refresh link.)