Zembly: A first look

I’ve been thinking about creating a Facebook Application for some time now.

There appears to be a wide variety of options to consider when deciding on an approach.

Everything from writing to the native Facebook APIs to using Force.com for Facebook.

Zembly (a Sun project) is one choice that attempts to make it straightforward to create an application that not only will run on the Facebook platform but also other popular platforms.

A Zembly application can also be deployed on the following platforms:

  • Web widgets
  • Google Gadgets
  • OpenSocial
  • Facebook
  • Meebo
  • iPhone (Mobile Safari)

On first blush the approach looks like yet another way to create a HTML/CSS/Javascript based application with a non-portable set of APIs.