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ISBN 10: 
0-9823061-6-4
ISBN 13:
978-0-9823061-6-1
Library of Congress Number: 2010927532
275 pages
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PD 0611
Shelving:  Computer  IT In-Focus Series #6

  Facebook Unlocked
The Key to Developing Custom Applications

Timothy J. Stevens

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Facebook Unlocked  is intended to act as a ground-up guidebook for developers, whether they be looking to write the next Scrabulous and get famous or to tap into the massive amounts of information contained within the social network for their PhD studies. Regardless of ultimate intent, developers like this tend to want to get up to speed quickly and have something real working before the end of their first coding session; a foundation they can then build an application upon.

This book is focused for those developers. Its goal is to provide the basics up-front, then to explore specific aspects of the API in more detail later. It acts as a quick-start guide for some aspects of the API that don’t require much detail, like authentication and API wrappers, while also featuring specific chapters on aspects that need more explanation, like FBML; Facebook’s spin on HTML.

Unlocked is structured so that key features all developers need to learn are covered up-front, with pointed examples demonstrating the exact functionality of those aspects of the API. Later the book moves to the optional information, like a chapter on FQL, a query language that not all developers will need to learn.


 

 
 

          
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Key Features

  • Working example apps covering every major feature of the Facebook Platform enable developers to get up to speed quickly.
  • Discussion of common pitfalls and over-saturated applications help developers avoid unsuccessful apps and frustrated users.
  • References covering areas like FBML, FBJS, and FQL discuss not only how to use them but the specific benefits that can be found by using them effectively. 

 

About the Author:



Tim Stevens

Tim Stevens is a software consultant and a Contributing Editor at Engadget. He has written hundreds of articles on a variety of topics for a variety of outlets on a freelance basis. This includes over a dozen articles on application programmer interfaces ranging from Google to Orb for outlets like DevSource and Informit.

He has composed dozens of articles on various other engineering-related topics, including a piece on developer productivity for CIO and a series of technology-focused pieces for Inc. He has also produced hundreds of pieces related to digital entertainment for outlets like Yahoo! Videogames, G4TV, The Escapist, metro.pop Magazine, Phuze Magazine, and Co-Ed Magazine. He is also an active blogger for Engadget.

 

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1:  Introduction to Facebook Platform

 

 Development

Introduction

Key Concepts

Profiles

Registering Your Application with Facebook

Basic Application Vitals

Choosing a Platform Client

First Example:  Authentication and Saying “Hello”

Summary

 

Chapter 2:  Finding and Examining Friends

Key Concepts

Users

Friends

Retrieving Friend Identifiers

Retrieving User Information with

Retrieving User Information via the Graph API

Retrieving User Information with FQL

Summary

 

Chapter 3:  Getting Viral: Running Inside of Facebook

Introduction

Key Concepts

Profile

Page

FBML

Dissecting the Profile

Additional Options for Installable Applications

Installation Options

Example Using the PHP API wrapper

Summary

 

Chapter 4:  Feeds and Messaging

Key Concepts

Feed

Wall

Notifications

Message Delivery and Spamminess

Hiding Notifications

Requesting Extended Permissions

Sending Messages

Example Using the PHP API Wrapper

Summary

 

Chapter 5:  Viewing and Displaying Photos

Key Concepts

Albums

Album Privacy

Working with Albums

Creating an Album with photos.createAlbum

Retrieving Albums with photos.getAlbums

Working with Photos

Retrieving the Profile Picture from users.getInfo

Retrieving Photos with photos.get

Retrieving Photos Through the Graph API

Uploading Photos

Example:  Favorite Photos

Summary

 

Chapter 6:  Finding, Hosting and Joining Events

Key Concepts

Events

Retrieving Events with events.get

Retrieving Events with the Graph API

Creating Events with events.create

Creating Events with the Graph API

Other Event-related Operations

Example:  Birthday Events

Summary

 

Chapter 7:  FQL:  The Facebook Query Language

Key Concepts

SQL, the Structured Query Language

FQL, the Facebook Query Language

Why Use It?

Data Efficiency

Operational Efficiency

Comparison to SQL

Similarities

Differences

Usage

The fql.query Operation

The fql.multiquery Operation

FQL Tables

Preloading FQL

The Concept

The Execution

Summary

 

Chapter 8:  FBML:  The Facebook Markup Language

Key Concepts

HTML, the Hypertext Markup Language

FBML, the Facebook Markup Language

XFBML, FBML for Facebook Connect

Important Elements

fb:18-plus

fb:action

fb:captcha

fb:comments

fb:create-button

fb:dashboard

fb:date

fb:dialog

fb:editor

fb:else

fb:error

fb:eventlink

fb:explanation

fb:fbml

fb:fbml-attribute

fb:feed

fb:flv

fb:google-analytics

fb:header

fb:if

fb:iframe

fb:intl and fb:intl-token

fb:js-string

fb:mp3

fb:multi-friend-input

fb:name

fb:narrow

fb:photo

fb:profile-pic

fb:prompt-permission

fb:pronoun

fb:random and fb:random-option

fb:ref

fb:request-form, fb:request-form-submit, and fb:req-choice

fb:restricted-to

fb:share

fb:silverlight

fb:success

fb:swf

fb:tabs and fb:tab-item

fb:time

fb:title

fb:typeahead-input and fb:typeahead-option

fb:user

fb:user-agent

fb:user-status

fb:visible-to-app-users, fb:visible-to-connection, fb:visible-to-friends, fb:visible-to-owner, fb:visible-to-user

fb:wall, fb:wallpost, and fb:wallpost-action

fb:wide

Custom Tags

Creating Custom Tags with fbml.registerCustomTags

Using Custom Tags with the fb:fbml Tag

Using fb:ref  to Update Static FBML

Creating FBML Reference Handles with fbml.setRefHandle

Creating FBML References via URL

Summary

 

Chapter 9:  FBJS:  Facebook’s Take on Javascript

Key Concepts

JavaScript

AJAX

FBJS

Key Differences between FBJS and JavaScript

Inability to Add Elements to the Document

Changes with CSS and setStyle

innerHTML Method is Disabled

Custom Dialogs

Constructor and Dialog Types

Working with Multiple Buttons

AJAX

Working with the Ajax Object

Putting It Together

Summary

 

Chapter 10:  Extended Permissions in Detail

Key Concept

With a Submitted Form Using the promptpermission Attribute

Through the Login URL

Detecting Granted Permissions

The user.hasAppPermission Operation

The permissions FQL Table

The fb_sig_ext_perms post variable

Revoking Extended Permissions

Summary

 

Appendix A:  Important Links and Locations

Appendix A

Appendix B:  User Profile Fields

Appendix B

Appendix C:  Graph API Profile Fields

Appendix C

Index:

< 

<fb:prompt-permission> tag     

 

A

action link           

AJAX     

Ajax object        

albums

Allocations tab 

API

API wrapper      

array parameter              

as                           

attachments     

auth.revokeExtendedPermission            

Authentication tab

               

C

canvas 

category             

create_event   

CSS        

custom FBML tags          

 

D

data efficiency 

derived attribute            

desktop-based

DOM objects    

 

E

eid parameter  

events 

events.cancel operation              

events.create operation              

events.edit operation   

events.getMembers operation

events.rsvp       

extended permissions  

 

F

Facebook API   

Facebook Application    

Facebook Application Directory

Facebook Connect         

Facebook Developers Tools       

Facebook Markup Language (FBML)      

Facebook Platform         

Facebook Query Language (FQL)             

Facebook.showPermissionDialog            

Facebook.Winforms      

FacebookService

 

fb

  18-plus              

  action 

  captcha             

  comments       

  create-button

  dashboard       

  date    

  dialog 

  dialog-button 

  dialog-content               

  dialog-title       

  editor 

  editor-buttonset           

  else     

  error   

  eventlink          

  explanation     

  fbml    

  fbml-attributes              

  feed   

  flv                        

  friend-selector               

  google-analytics            

  header              

  if                          

  iframe

  intl                       

  intl-token         

  is                          

  mp3    

  multi-friend-input        

  name 

  narrow              

  photo 

  profile-pic        

  prompt-permission      

  pronoun           

  random             

  random-option              

  ref                       

  request-form 

  restricted-to   

  share 

  success              

  swf                      

  tab-item           

  tabs    

  time    

  title     

  typeahead       

  user    

  user-agent       

  user-status      

  visible

  wall     

  wide   

fb_sig_ext_perms post parameter         

FBJS      

FBML    

FBML elements               

fbml parameter               

fbml.setRefHandle         

feed     

feed quality       

Feed Wall           

fields    

Flash media       

FQL       

FQL columns     

FQL operations

FQL tables          

fql.multiquery operation             

Friends.get        

from     

FROM clause     

 

 

G

getLoginUrl        

granted permissions      

Graph API          

 

H

helper.php file 

HTML   

http get               

 

I

IFrame 

image   

index.php          

indexed columns            

innerHTML         

installation options

 

J

JavaScript           

 

K

key identifier    

 

M

messaging          

mktime function             

mobile applications        

mp3      

 

N

narrow column

Network Identifier         

notifications      

notifications.sendEmail

notifications.sendEmail

 

O

offline_access  

ondone callback              

operational efficiency   

 

P

page     

permissions FQL table   

persist data       

photos 

photos.addTag 

photos.createAlbum     

photos.get         

photos.getAlbums         

photos.getTags

photos.upload 

PHP       

PHP array           

PHP client           

PHP client library             

Platform             

Platform clients               

POSIX   

post method     

post parameter               

preload FQL       

privacy settings

profile  

profile archive album    

profile picture  

Profile tab          

promptpermission         

publish_stream               

 

R

read permissions            

reference handles          

registry

Remove button               

remove.php      

requireLogin     

responseType  

result set

                 

S

select   

select *               

SELECT clause   

setInnerFBML  

setTextValue    

Silverlight           

sms.send            

spamminess      

SQL       

stream.publish 

structure            

subcategory

                 

T

tagging

trace_removal 

 

U

uid attribute      

uids       

Unix time           

URL       

url,                        

user      

user permissions             

user.hasAppPermission               

users.getInfo    

Users.hasAppPermission

                 

V

Visual Studio

                 

W

wall       

web-based        

WHERE clause   

where keyword               

wide column     

widgets               

 

X

XFBML 

   

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