Many long time Sun employees and customers remember fondly the Catalyst Catalog. About 2 years ago a small team decided it was time to take one of the most successful concepts in Sun's history and put it on the web. library.network.com was born. During the process of early design and prototyping we decided that it made the most sense to focus on the backend ( global database in the Sun Cloud ) and let the front end be built from widgets and strong Web base APIs. Our intention has always been to create a high value and very viral environment for ISV's, Software Developers, OpenSource Communities and Commercial Applications. If you look at the current state of the environment that has all come true. The other key high level design goal was to create a valuable place for these providers ( we call them publishers) to gain information about their customers, and others looking into their products. The team building the system has gone far above that goal, in building a rich set of tools and data access for the publisher to realize that value.
Take some time and go look at site, what you will find is a pretty slick UI ( yes we had to build one of our own) and I think some of the best documented set of interfaces in the industry. It is open to anyone that wants to access the site to post their applications, be come a publisher, build your own UI at your site accessing the database via standard Webservices APIs or just find some software you need to do your job. We also have added social components to the environment to share ideas about entires, give your rating, post video and audio information on the applications. You will need to register unless you are already a sun.com ( includes SDN ) member then you can just use your current login!!
Here are some links to follow to get you started:
https://library.network.com/app.jsp#resource/5236 -- How to get started video
http://library.network.com/doc/ -- User and developer documentation
http://library.network.com/faq/ -- FAQ and help documentation
http://blogs.sun.com/thelibrary/ -- Team Blog, they do a great job communicating
http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/apps/ -- An example of another UI using library.network.com
https://library.network.com/app.jsp#publisher/49040 -- A great example of using the Library to spread the word
https://library.network.com/app.jsp#software/82483 -- An example of the ratings and reviews