“Zimply” Cool

Digg, Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter, to name a few, are some of the hottest social networks online now. Ranging from the social news network that is Digg to the micro-blogging world of Twitter, everyone wants a place in Web 2.0. Sun Microsystems, Inc. has released something that will enable you, and them, to do just that. It’s called zembly.

Zembly is several things, actually:

  1. It’s an online IDE for a social web application of your own.
  2. It’s a collaborative effort between you and, if you wish, many others on said application – you can share pieces of code, or widgets, with others if you wish to for use in other’s applications.
  3. It’s a host for your application.

Here’s a few bits about it (or you can read all about it here):

Bring your creativity, bring your skills, bring your friends

  • Browser-based: Do everything in your browser. No downloads or installs.
  • Social programming: Create apps socially with other users, and reuse pieces and parts that they create. You choose the level of collaboration, from keeping everything private to making your app public and open source. We call it social programming.
  • Social networking: Connect with other zembly developers, watch their activity feeds, and send them messages. Be an expert, or get to know one, while working side-by-side with people in your social graph.
  • IDE-class editor: When you want absolute control, use zembly’s exclusive IDE-class editor to tweak any aspect of your app. Features like full syntax highlighting, error annotations, code completion, and automatic formatting and full language support for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, FBML, and FBJS give you all the power you need to make advanced changes your application.
  • Built-in hosting: Not only is zembly the fastest and easiest way to create your application, it’s the fastest and easiest way to deploy it. Click the publish button and your app just runs. Best of all, zembly apps elastically scale on Sun’s cloud infrastructure so you don’t need to worry about creating or maxing our your own datacenter.

With zembly, you can create applications that are stand-alone and that can also be used with other web applications like Facebook or Meebo (a list of other applications can be found here).

Zembly looks to be pretty cool and takes the social networking concept up another notch with its social programming aspect, and it gives web developers quite a few tools to develop with and a venue to show off their own applications without worrying about hosting them somewhere.

Hosting is free during the beta, so check it out.

One last note: The website works just fine on Opera.