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August 07, 2008

Sun Microsystems Brings Facebook Application Olympics Fans

By Raju Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributing Editor
Sun Microsystems (News - Alert), Inc. today announced the release of a new social networking game that will allow fans of the 2008 Beijing Summer Games to compete online with friends by correctly predicting medal winners throughout this summer’s events.

Making use of zembly, Sun’s new browser-based social application development environment, MyPicks Beijing 2008 was developed by Pramati Technologies. Targeting the most popular platforms on the Web, including Facebook, Meebo, OpenSocial and the iPhone (News - Alert) and more, zembly was released in private beta in June 2008 and currently, it is the world’s first social programming environment specifically designed for creating and hosting social applications. While taking advantage of Sun’s software stack - the Solaris 10 Operating System, GlassFish application server and MySQL database, zembly makes use of Sun hardware on
The application is called “MyPicks Beijing 2008,” and it allows participants to pick Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners for each event during the Summer Games. They can win points for their country with each correct prediction. The country with the highest point total will be declared the winner of the MyPicks Beijing 2008 Games at the end of the games. MyPicks Beijing 2008 is available on Facebook (News - Alert) today online, according to the company.
Pramati Technologies says it’s happy to provide Facebook users around the globe with a simple, exciting way to celebrate the 2008 Summer Games. zembly has created a new way for developers of all skill levels to easily build Facebook applications without the cost and complexity of hosting and managing the application themselves. It also provides a complete hosted environment for creating and scaling social applications, company officials say.
“The spirit of the Games has always been about bringing the world closer together. So it’s fitting that social networking sites like Facebook – that easily connect people around the world – can be leveraged to create socially-driven applications such as MyPicks Beijing 2008,” said Todd Fast, chief technical officer of the zembly project at Sun. “The zembly team is thrilled to work with Pramati technologies to enable new forms of applications for Facebook and demonstrate the exciting possibilities of zembly.”
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