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Assemble the Social Web with zembly: Basics

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zembly is a social network that lets you build services, widgets, and web applications and publicly deploy them. It encourages you to build upon previously published services and widgets, to discover what other zembly users are building, and to socialize the building process by collaborating with your zembly contacts. This chapter gives you the basics.
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This chapter is from the book

Welcome to zembly.

zembly lets you build services, widgets, and web applications and publicly deploy them. The philosophy behind zembly is to encourage you to build upon previously published services and widgets, to discover what other zembly users are building, and to socialize the building process by collaborating with your zembly contacts. As zembly matures, it will allow you to build widgets, services, mashups, and social applications targeting the many social networks present on the web. This chapter is aimed at those who are just getting started with zembly, giving you a glimpse into the future of building the web.

zembly is a social network. It encourages you to build your own contacts and collaborations. Those of you who work on group projects will appreciate the easy collaboration in code development, and by extension, idea sharing. The ultimate goal for zembly is to make the threshold very low for building and deploying a widget or mashup that others can drop into a web page (such as a blog or Facebook profile page). Combining social networking, collaborative development, and sharing a collection of published services and widgets, zembly facilitates each step that results in a published, deployed, and fully accessible and easily importable widget, service, or application.

This chapter will help you get started. It assumes that you are a registered zembly user.

What You Will Learn

  • How the zembly site is organized
  • The types of things you can build with zembly
  • What you’ll find on the Samples page
  • How to embed a widget in your web page
  • How to view or edit your Profile page
  • All about the zembly Keychain
  • How to find zembly service providers
  • How to create, test, and publish a service
  • How to create, test, and publish a widget
  • How to include a library with your JavaScript code
  • How to manipulate drafts, versions, and the timeline
  • How to create a service and widget that calls an external service
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