Cool alert: Zude, Visual development environment for the Web (adds OpenSocial support)

I just witnessed a development environment that’s completely different than anything I’ve ever seen.

Steve Repetti, CTO of Fifth Generation Systems, which is the author of Zude. Now, if you haven’t seen Zude before, that’s pretty cool in of itself. It’s like MySpace, PopFly, Facebook, and a bunch of other things mashed all together. Steve calls it the “next generation of social computing.”

But today he was here to let me look under the covers of Zude and show me the development side of Zude.

There was so much that I kept shooting with my cell phone. This is simply amazing. I can’t say enough about what this tool is trying to do.

Drag-and-drop development of Web apps.

Here’s the five videos.

Part I 4:50, introduction to Zude and to the development capabilities of such.
Part II 11:52, talking about data portability.
Part III 5:06, looking more at the canvas and what can be done with code objects. More details on the Open Social capabilities.
Part IV 9:33, finishing off the app and distributing it.
Part V. 5:12, just having fun and throwing out ideas.

This is the first time these capabilities have been demonstrated in public. So, what did Steve show me, just in case you don’t have time to view the videos?

First, Zude is a canvas where you can drag and drop all sorts of stuff: videos, maps, images, blogs, RSS feeds, whole Web sites, text, links, code, MySpace themes, and almost any kind of thing you can imagine.

But, on this demo Steve focused on the code.

Went over to Google’s Gadgets site, found some interesting code, dragged it onto Zude and it instantly turned into a fish tank, with swimming fish. What? How did it %^&^%$%^& do that?

He did it with something else. This time a whole tile, with names, and addresses and photos appeared. OK, he has my attention.

Keep in mind, this works on Firefox, Safari, IE on Linux, Macs, or Windows. No install. Just visit http://www.zude.com and get started. Just click on the Tools menu, developer selection.

You can try it yourself.

But it just gets better from there. He also showed me a Facebook app that supported Open Social that they built. It shows that they are pushing Open Social data from Zude into Facebook. They are also doing it through a PHP proxy that lets them deliver ANY server-side language into Facebook. In the case on the video they are using FBML on the Facebook side and on the canvas app.

He showed me a separate tile on Zude that was a default object in Zude. Friends and Family thumbnail. There are a ton of default objects in Zude. He dragged that to the canvas and his friend’s picture and name appeared, along with other data. He also demonstrated the security built into Open Social, so if people didn’t want their info available to the Open Social app they could block it.

Then he showed me a bunch of objects that he dragged out, and demoed how you can build and deploy a really interesting Web app in just a few minutes. I can’t do this justice in a text blog. You have to see this.

We’ll do another interview on our Hi-def cameras, but that won’t be until late April at the earliest (we’re booked). Either way, these low-quality videos will give you a sense of why this is so impressive and will help you get started playing around.

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Robert Scoble

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  2. Wow… Even with the crappy video I had the feeling I was looking at something HUGE.. and I have only gotten that feeling a few times (just like you say about the first time you saw VB).

    Runs to the website to start playing.. :)

  3. Wow… Even with the crappy video I had the feeling I was looking at something HUGE.. and I have only gotten that feeling a few times (just like you say about the first time you saw VB).

    Runs to the website to start playing.. :)

  4. Wow… Even with the crappy video I had the feeling I was looking at something HUGE.. and I have only gotten that feeling a few times (just like you say about the first time you saw VB).

    Runs to the website to start playing.. :)

  5. Ohmigawd. Tottttally tubular, like gag me with a spoon, like, too cool like, krad, like, total.

    Valley-girlish Web 2.0 widget Pageflakey mash-ups, perfect for all those loud and flashy Geocities-MySpace hideous creations…

    …the Doomsday clock just moved that much close.

    PS – this is ollld olllllllld news, it first hit my radar when that space-cadet David Berlind fumbled out a lame attempt at journalism.

  6. Ohmigawd. Tottttally tubular, like gag me with a spoon, like, too cool like, krad, like, total.

    Valley-girlish Web 2.0 widget Pageflakey mash-ups, perfect for all those loud and flashy Geocities-MySpace hideous creations…

    …the Doomsday clock just moved that much close.

    PS – this is ollld olllllllld news, it first hit my radar when that space-cadet David Berlind fumbled out a lame attempt at journalism.

  7. Ohmigawd. Tottttally tubular, like gag me with a spoon, like, too cool like, krad, like, total.

    Valley-girlish Web 2.0 widget Pageflakey mash-ups, perfect for all those loud and flashy Geocities-MySpace hideous creations…

    …the Doomsday clock just moved that much close.

    PS – this is ollld olllllllld news, it first hit my radar when that space-cadet David Berlind fumbled out a lame attempt at journalism.

  8. Robert,

    Thanks. Most of my “New Stuff” knowledge comes from your feed.

    This looks cool. Like a bundle of other offerings, but still, it’s caught my attention longer than a second.

    Curious as to whether it’s more than just a “bling bling” social networking tool? If there’s something durable underneath.

  9. Robert,

    Thanks. Most of my “New Stuff” knowledge comes from your feed.

    This looks cool. Like a bundle of other offerings, but still, it’s caught my attention longer than a second.

    Curious as to whether it’s more than just a “bling bling” social networking tool? If there’s something durable underneath.

  10. Robert,

    Thanks. Most of my “New Stuff” knowledge comes from your feed.

    This looks cool. Like a bundle of other offerings, but still, it’s caught my attention longer than a second.

    Curious as to whether it’s more than just a “bling bling” social networking tool? If there’s something durable underneath.

  11. Stu: well, I’m trying to get some real developers to comment on it. The hard core Web geeks, though, won’t consider it until it’s something that they can run on their own boxes. I told them to do let people do just that, and Steve said they are working on it. I think that’s when Zude will really explode.

  12. Stu: well, I’m trying to get some real developers to comment on it. The hard core Web geeks, though, won’t consider it until it’s something that they can run on their own boxes. I told them to do let people do just that, and Steve said they are working on it. I think that’s when Zude will really explode.

  13. Stu: well, I’m trying to get some real developers to comment on it. The hard core Web geeks, though, won’t consider it until it’s something that they can run on their own boxes. I told them to do let people do just that, and Steve said they are working on it. I think that’s when Zude will really explode.

  14. Robert: I’m a nerdy Desktop/Web Dev, mostly Desktop, but more and more mashing Web and Desktop together.

    So are they talking about having a Desktop run interface into the web services? Or using something like Gears/Air?

  15. Robert: I’m a nerdy Desktop/Web Dev, mostly Desktop, but more and more mashing Web and Desktop together.

    So are they talking about having a Desktop run interface into the web services? Or using something like Gears/Air?

  16. Robert: I’m a nerdy Desktop/Web Dev, mostly Desktop, but more and more mashing Web and Desktop together.

    So are they talking about having a Desktop run interface into the web services? Or using something like Gears/Air?

  17. Robert,

    So is this a collaborative development environment that supports social computing. What would be interesting is a social development environment that would allow open source developers to work hand in hand and also have the ability to network. A combination fo social networking and collobrative software development. This certainly would take extreme programming to new levels.

  18. Robert,

    So is this a collaborative development environment that supports social computing. What would be interesting is a social development environment that would allow open source developers to work hand in hand and also have the ability to network. A combination fo social networking and collobrative software development. This certainly would take extreme programming to new levels.

  19. Robert,

    So is this a collaborative development environment that supports social computing. What would be interesting is a social development environment that would allow open source developers to work hand in hand and also have the ability to network. A combination fo social networking and collobrative software development. This certainly would take extreme programming to new levels.

  20. Richard,

    You are absolutely right on track! As cool as the stuff we showed Robert was, there’s a whole ‘nother layer (and you’ve hinted around the edges). Robert is planning to revist all of this in HiDEF just before Web 2.0. We’ll be there showing off the goodies and inviting feedback and direct involvement. Please stay tuned.

  21. Richard,

    You are absolutely right on track! As cool as the stuff we showed Robert was, there’s a whole ‘nother layer (and you’ve hinted around the edges). Robert is planning to revist all of this in HiDEF just before Web 2.0. We’ll be there showing off the goodies and inviting feedback and direct involvement. Please stay tuned.

  22. Richard,

    You are absolutely right on track! As cool as the stuff we showed Robert was, there’s a whole ‘nother layer (and you’ve hinted around the edges). Robert is planning to revist all of this in HiDEF just before Web 2.0. We’ll be there showing off the goodies and inviting feedback and direct involvement. Please stay tuned.