zembly: The Novel!

Somehow "Assemble the Social Web with zembly" landed on my desk about a week ago. The book is written by "award-winning authors" Gail & Paul Anderson, which entails that the content is well written & well constructed, together with two of the top Sun engineers in the web service space, Todd Fast & Chris Webster, who're also behind "zembly" itself, implying that the conceptual info & actual code is correct.

Sounds like a killer team to me.

I've blogged about zembly before (here), where I also mentioned Sang's related free on-line Zembly Basics course. My understanding (after having actually used it myself a bit, via Sang's course) is that zembly is an on-line development environment for social web applications, such as Facebook. I must say I thought it was quite fun. Sang's course is a brilliant intro.

The book I haven't read yet, but I flipped through it. My first impressions are that the book looks really nice and well structured, nice images, great layout. Also, the content is very practical. Here's the table of contents: 1. What is zembly?, 2. zembly Basics, 3. Building Flickr Widgets, 4. Building Zillow Widgets, 5. Facebook Basics, 6. Facebook Integration, 7. Working with Dapper, 8. Widget Gallery, 9. Building for the iPhone.

I find the last chapter especially interesting, because when I was in Egypt end of last year and did some presentations there, the professor at one of the universities had only one question (which he asked repeatedly): "I'd like to teach my students to develop for the iPhone. How do I get started? Is it even possible?" Well, the above chapter implies: "Yes!"

Looking forward to reading the book. Watch this space (or, more likely, java.dzone.com) for my full book review on this topic, in a few weeks.


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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

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