Posts Tagged ‘application’


Zembly: write applications for Facebook, and the same thing applies for the iPhone or Meebo, or as a widget on your blog. Build stuff within the web-browser. This is a Sun-sponsored project, and looks very interesting.

Zembly: An Open Platform for iPhone and Mobile Browser Widgets
Prakash Narayan, Sun Microsystems Inc

Firstly, we’re entering a new world: software development is already changing, involving mostly software engineers to new models that involve everyone. Identify new opportunities for SE experts to reach many times more users by enlisting the masses to build on your work

Applications come in all sizes and shapes (, widgets, shell scripts, etc.). Widgets are built on platforms (a piece of software that enables applications).

A platform is the fertiliser for ecosystems of applications built upon them. Applications enrich the platforms they run on. Crowdsourcing enrich platforms in ways that the original developers didn’t imagine. is a place for collaboratively building services, widgets, social applications, etc. for Facebook or the iPhone platform. Only tool you need to build your applications, is the web browser. Hosting is free!

Zembly is a community, and has “always live” development (using open services, widgets and mashups). Its like Wikipedia for code (freely create, edit, publish and find public services, widgets and mashups).

A new paradigm for developing applications. You’re not edit, compiling and debugging. As soon as you edit your code, its live (you then participate, and use applications).

A demo is now shown… Same application running on Facebook and an iPhone.

Try Zembly? Definitely. I just signed up for it.

Of cleaning keyboards and virii

In a tiny fit of paranoia, as the Norovirus has decided to pay a visit to the Moscone this week, I decided that I needed to clean my keyboard on the Macbook.

I’ve already been following best practices of washing ones hands before eating with them (say bread at a restaurant even). You learn this stuff as a kid, but somewhere in-between growing up, and finding a girlfriend, you decide to share over cleanliness. Anyway, the habit has been back for a while. This largely after looking at toilets in a many a men’s wash room, where I notice that a lot tend to not wash their hands!

Anyway, to the point. Keyboard Cleaner. Tiny application that locks everything up, allows you to clean your keyboard and trackpad, and then with the magic Command+Q only will the application exit. Its small, but it serves a useful purpose.