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Headquarters Menlo Park, CA
Industry Computer software
Type of site Cloud-based Development Platform
Launched June 2008

Zembly (styled zembly) is a browser-based development environment from Sun Microsystems [1] that enables social programming [2] of applications for Facebook, Meebo, OpenSocial, iPhone web applications, and other social platforms, as well as web widgets. Users of zembly interact with one another via zembly's social networking features to engage in co-development of applications for these platforms.

In addition to the development environment, the zembly platform, provides the ability to consume Web APIs (RESTful web services) in zembly applications as well as externally using the open source zembly client library (with current language bindings for Java and JavaFx). This functionality provides a consistent programming model across various API providers.

Zembly combines features from traditional IDEs (such as a rich scripting editor) with wiki- and social-networking-based technologies to attempt to innovate on the application development paradigm for smaller-sized applications. Applications created at zembly are automatically and transparently deployed, hosted, and scaled on its underlying cloud computing infrastructure.



Zembly is run as a product within Sun Microsystems's cloud computing organization, with the hosting of the website and developer applications provided by Network.com's compute cloud. It is built on a stack consisting largely of Sun technologies, including Solaris 10, Java, the GlassFish application server, and MySQL. The software stack runs on a horizontally scaled cluster of Sun Fire T2000 ("Niagara") and X4500 ("Thumper") servers. In addition, zembly uses Apache and memcached. Zembly has also incorporated (and contributed to) Mozilla Bespin.


In November 2009 zembly announced that the site would be closed on 2009-11-30 and that "once the site is shutdown, all your applications and services on zembly will be unavailable".[3]


Further reading

  • Anderson, Gail; Anderson, Paul; Fast, Todd; Webster, Chris (December 29, 2008). Prentice Hall. ISBN 9780137144310. OCLC 246887926. Assemble the Social Web with zembly.

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