August 21st, 2008 | Published in Google OpenSocial
Do you wish you could develop and test your OpenSocial gadgets on your own local development machine or server? Or are you thinking of becoming an OpenSocial container but need an example of how you can get started?
If your answer to either of these questions is "yes," you are in luck because Partuza was created to help with both of these problems.
Partuza, a sample social networking site that supports OpenSocial, is written in PHP and is available under the Apache open source license. It supports all the OpenSocial features that you need to be able to develop and test your gadgets in the comfort of your own private, speedy local network. Because it is open source, you can also look under the hood and see just how you can use PHP Shindig to add OpenSocial support to your site. Better yet, it is licensed under the open Apache license, so you can take the code and use it directly in your own social network site without any problems.
In case you were wondering, partuza is Spanish slang for party, similar to the American term "shindig." We like our names to have some social flavor and a good dose of fun!
To help you get up and running quickly, I've written a guide with step by step instructions and screenshots for how to setup the PHP version of Shindig and Partuza on your windows machine:
If you have any questions, want to mingle or contribute to either Shindig or Partuza, you can find us at the Shindig and Partuza mailing lists. We're looking forward to meeting you!