Monday Dec 08, 2008

zembly.com & library.network.com (Intro)

zembly provides an environment for development and deployment of widgets, services and apis in your browser. I created a simple interface to https://library.network.com.  We will be extending the current interface, we have defined two things for you to get started.

  • A service called SearchSoftware that provides a simple searchall api to start with
  • An example widget built with extjs, you can try the widget out here.

zembly allows you to use this code easily with other applications, in fact you could use this widget and service as a starting point to put library services into other sites supported by zembly like Facebook and Myspace or develop an app for your iPhone.

Some notes on the development. I have been using OO languages for close to 20  years, starting wih ADA, then C++ and then Java. I had been avoiding Javascript's horrible syntax and not well thought out approach to classes and scoping.  I have been using Javascript like C, when it came to classes and extensions. In order to interface to extjs correctly, I have to give Javascript more respect. The correct way to interface to extjs is via a ZemblyProxy class. I have started work on that class and will attempt to provide an implementation in the future, or talk someone else into doing it.

The next example at zembly.com will provide an example using a linked data view of http://library.network.com by Henry Story


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