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Easy web application and widget creation with zembly

June 6, 2008

Our good friends at zembly have launched the beta of their service today and we’re proud to announce that Dapper and zembly are partners.  According to their website:

“With zembly, you easily create and host social applications of all shapes and sizes, targeting the most popular social platforms on the web. Using just your browser and your creativity, and working collaboratively with others, you create and publish Facebook apps, OpenSocial apps, meebo apps, iPhone apps, Google Gadgets, embeddable widgets, and other social applications.”

From that description alone, it’s fairly obvious how you could use Dapper and zembly together to create great web applications and widgets.  The zembly folks have built in support for using Dapps right within their app and it’s very cool what you can do.  So you can use Dapper to create feeds for any website, and then you can go use those feeds within your code inside zembly.  Very cool.

zembly is truly disruptive. It has the potential to fundamentally change the way developers create portable web applications and widgets. Its collaborative approach, emphasis on reuse of common code, and web-based interface dramatically reduce the barrier for developers to implement and realize their creative ideas. We’re excited that you, the users of Dapper, can now take the Dapps you create and immediately put them to use in new ways with minimal effort using zembly

Go to zembly’s website to apply for an invite into the beta.  If you create things using the service and are making use of Dapps, post it here or let us know by email.


Semantify Hacks – Creating a your own RDF schema using Dapper

March 26, 2008

So last Thursday’s release of Semantify was a great success. Marshall Kirkpatrick from RWW  did a great job explaining a rather geeky product in an understandable fashion – thanks Marshall. As we go about semantifying the web, I wanted to point out something that may not be apparent immediately. Basically with Semantify, every Dapp becomes a valid RDF schema that is host on Dapper and can be used anywhere by you, even without Semantify.

Let’s see how using the good old MSN Search Results Dapp. If MSN would’ve deployed Semantify on their search results page (note the irony..), this is what Yaho’s semantic crawler would’ve seen. If you’ll look into the source code of this proxied page, you’ll notice the default RDF schema is defined by the Dapper “dapp-scheme” webservice. While you can choose to override this default schema by defining your own using the $namespace and $scheme variables in the Semantify code snippet, if you don’t, Dapper will use a schema created from your Dapp automatically. So now, building a Dapp means you also built your own RDF compatible schema, that you can use wherever by just pointing to the webservice:

This may be useful for those people who would like to easily generate and use a schema focused around a particular subject where a wide-spread, all-encompassing standard has not emerged, or in cases where the currently available schemes are not good enough.

Finally, let me leave you with the following thought. Up to now, close to 50K APIs have been built using Dapper with hundreds of new ones every day. That means we have under our hands already some 50K schemes for tens of thousands of sites. Hopefully in the near future we’ll start commenting on what can be learned from this set.

Fidget: Blog Widget for Music Videos

August 28, 2006

After just a few hours of work, we’re happy to present Fidget, our newest Dapper-based service. You tell Fidget the names of some of your favorite artists, and it uses Dapper to search YouTube for videos containing music by the bands you like. It pulls back a random video and displays it for you in a widget which you can place on your blog, your MySpace profile, or anywhere else you like. It’s yet another example of something that was really easy to build with Dapper, but would be much harder without.

We hope you like it. As always, your feedback would be very welcome and for those of you who would like more details on how we set it up, don’t hesitate to ask.

One note: it does not work on Internet Explorer (though it works fine in Firefox, Opera, and Safari). If anyone out there has a background in Flash and is interested in helping us troubleshoot, please contact us.

Bloggers: How Popular is Your Blog?

August 10, 2006

Today we’re releasing another new service: Blotter. Blotter uses Dapper to track statistics about blogs from Technorati and create graphs. You can embed this graph on your blog as a widget or put it on any other web page you like. Here is an example for TechCrunch:

Blotter is a great example of how people can use Dapper to create new services that use content from other places on the web. Visit the Blotter page to discover how we created this new service.

As always, your feedback is greatly welcomed.

Magg – Dapper’s New Movie Aggregator

August 8, 2006

We’re pleased to announce Magg, a movie aggregator we built in just one day using Dapper. Magg uses Dapper to get the latest videos from a wide range of Internet video clip sites (Google Videos, Yahoo Videos, YouTube, MetaCafe, Veoh, Vimeo, and more), as well as to obtain search results for specific queries from these sites The vast majority of these sites do not provide an API or RSS, so the example is particularly relevant – without Dapper, this would have been a much harder task.

To create the service, we just Dapped each website (the newest videos pages and for the search results pages) and then wrote a bit of Javascript and DHTML to compose all the results together in a nice looking page.

Beyond being a cool proof of concept, we hope that you’ll Magg useful and fun. Please do feel free to learn from it – you can take the source code and reuse it to make whatever you want.

As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks!