Sun Microsystems Inc. is sponsoring a project Web site that lets developers build and host social networking applications.
Called zembly, the project currently is in a private beta stage. With zembly, applications can be developed in whatever language is preferred and run on different types of devices, including mobile and desktop systems.
Sun plans to elaborate more on zembly in the future. But plenty of details can be found on the zembly project site.
“At zembly, you easily create and host social applications of all shapes and sizes, targeting the most popular social platforms on the Web. And you do it along with other people,” the zembly Web page states. “Using just your browser and your creativity, and working collaboratively with others, you create and publish Facebook apps, Meebo apps, OpenSocial apps, iPhone apps, Google Gadgets, embeddable widgets, and other social applications.”
Zembly serves as sort of a Wikipedia for social applications, according to the zembly site. Participants can author social applications using a browser, collaborate with others, use popular Web APIs to build applications, and publish these applications to multiple social platforms.
Participants receive their own profile that can be customized and then accessed by others.
Services furnished by Web APIs can be integrated into zembly. Web API providers already doing so include Amazon Web Services, Dapper, Flickr, Google, Meebo, Twitter, Yahoo Developer Network, YouTube, Zillow.com, and Zvents.
Sun technologies powering zembly include the Solaris OS, Java, Glassfish application server and the MySQL database. Sun’s Network.com cloud computing platform also is used. Todd Fast, who has served as a Sun engineer, is chief architect for zembly.