zembly is deadpooled – 2.5 yrs of effort went in vain :(

I got a bad news this morning that zembly is shutting down their service from 30th next. that’s a very bad news because zembly was a nice service for developers. They’d started their business from june 2007, provided exciting APIs to developers to develop mashups on top of popular services like Facebook, MySpace, Flickr and so forth. I’ve seen another popular service like this , appJet, went down this year. Now it’s extremely frustrating that such types of services are shutting down. Why? most probably they’ve failed to secure funding, or may be they’ve some fight in their board of directors, or whatever, who knows and who cares.

But the point is, what happen to developers who has developed their app using services like zembly or appJet? all their efforts to learn these new technology, new tools and to develop some really cool applications using these services just became useless all at a sudden. That’s pathetic, and thats an utter lack-of-respect to your own developers community. These developers are your everything. They were your everything. If these developers didn’t put their efforts for you zembly, you will never survive a quarter, may be six months.

I really dont understand, If you dont have the guts to run your product thats fine. I have no problem with that. But before saying “All our service will be unavailable from blah blah blah” and “We are sorry and blah blah blah” , come on – show a minimal respect to your developer community. After 2.5 years of run, its not a small community after all. And grow up kiddo, before shutting down your company, at least make your project open source – as a sign of minimal respect and loyalty to the developers community who kept you running for so long.

I am sorry for Zembly But I am more sorry for the developer community.


  1. This is just rubbish! Yeah, I do feel sorry for those developers who invested their time behind this service. And it’s a warning to the community developers of similar services. Think twice before you choose a new platform. Who knows, appJet may shut down next… 🙁

  2. appJet already stopped the app-hosting platform and distributing the SSJS (server side javascript) with their modified Rhino Engine. Now they only sell EtherPad.

  3. I guess that’s what your get for building on top of a proprietary service/platform/software. Nothing new to see here. That’s one of the reasons why you should choose an open source solution if you are going to rely on it.

  4. bro! just liked your expression! i liked the bottom line statement. they should show the respect the ppl who trusted their service.

    why don’t they charge from the development community ? i haven’t used their service before, so guess, i’m the alienate guy here :)_) before making any other statement i should stop now!

  5. @Hasan

    Well who knows. Zembly has a very active community of developers. Proactive and Enthusiast.

    very frustrating news in fact.

  6. I get your frustration, but if you want to rely on a service, you need an SLA and a contract.

    It doesn’t matter if the _free_ service is brought to you by SUN or by John Doe. If people want reliability, they have to learn that this comes with contracts and money being exchanged.

    I’ve never even heard of Zembly, don’t know what their business model is, etc.. Maybe they should have charged for this platform in order to be able to (continue to) operate it.

  7. Bro, is there any way I can add applications to my social network – http://www.prithbi.net ??? It’s made completely in hand-written code without using any pre-made script or CMS. that’s why it’s being very hard to add any stuff in it.

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