Simplicity is the one principle behind Scriptr’s design that is the dearest to our hearts. We tried enforcing it everywhere from user interface to product architecture and everything in between. We are also on the lookout for opportunities to make web-services API creation simpler and more efficient to use. We worked on a number of experimental features, most of which are still in-house curiosities and picked a handful to start releasing into the product.
With the Scriptr Blocky release, we are giving non-coders the ability to “assemble” a sequence of pre-canned statements or actions on a blank canvas like a puzzle, press the save button, and have that turn into a web-services API to cable into their next IoT killer project.
Many product designers and professionals from all types of backgrounds who are currently revolutionizing “Things” are not necessarily programmers. Some of those creative minds consider coding as a distraction from the product creation process. We’re introducing visual programming with this first Blockly milestone for them.
This is another step in our quest to simplify the building of custom APIs for IoT, allowing the IoT developer to concentrate on the “logic” that brings value to his application and business instead of dwelling over boilerplates and generic features.
Blockly is the perfect tool to use if you are looking to build quick prototypes and applications, or to orchestrate and automate devices for the IoT. Every variable, statement, or control structure is represented as a colorful visual object that users can piece together to create functionality and expose as a webservice.
Blockly was created by Google and is open-source under the Apache 2.0 License.