Building Facebook Applications For Dummies by Richard Wagner

By Richard Wagner

There’s without doubt approximately it — fb is cool. in addition to clients who are looking to engage with pals, companies are utilizing fb as a advertising and networking device. And if you’re an online developer, you possibly understand there’s a requirement for fb purposes. when you've got a few simple wisdom of internet purchaser know-how, akin to HTML, JavaScript, or CSS, and understand how to take advantage of an online programming language, development fb purposes For Dummies is simply what you want to begin construction apps for fb.

This pleasant advisor is helping you create purposes to arrive Facebook’s large viewers, so that you can magnify your record of pals, introduce humans for your services or products, or community with different company pros. You’ll the way to:

  • Work with the fb API
  • Build functions that reap the benefits of Facebook’s information Feed and Wall
  • Migrate present internet purposes to fb
  • Create cellular apps for fb
  • Use Facebook’s markup and question languages
  • Get your app spotted via fb clients

A convenient significant other site contains code samples, starter purposes, and different precious information regarding construction fb apps. no matter if you must create purposes for company reasons or simply for enjoyable, development fb functions For Dummies is the joys and straightforward technique to start.

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4. In the Base Options section, click the Change Your Icon link (see Figure 2-9). The Icon section Figure 2-9: Adding an icon to your application. The Upload an Icon page is displayed, as shown in Figure 2-10. Figure 2-10: Most any square image can do the trick. qxp 42 5/5/08 11:25 AM Page 42 Part I: Getting Friendly with the Facebook Platform 5. Click the Choose File button and locate an image on your hard drive that graphically represents your application. You can use any normal Web graphic — JPG, PNG, or GIF.

Facebook, however, has its own vernacular when it comes to understanding social networking. They call it the social graph. The social graph can be defined as the interconnections that exist among family, friends, and acquaintances that every person has. Take me as an example. I have a wife and three boys, parents who live in Indiana, a sister who lives in Ohio, many friends from my church, acquaintances from my town, coworkers at previous places of employment, and so on. Some of these people have interconnections of their own.

Take, for example, Super Wall, one of the most popular third-party Facebook applications available. Consider the ways in which it is integrated into Facebook itself — so much so it becomes harder and harder to distinguish between apps created by Facebook and those developed by third parties. Here are several points of integration: ߜ Display in the Application directory: As Figure 1-7 shows, Super Wall is listed in the application directory after the developer adds it to Facebook. ߜ Provide an About page: An application provides an About page to explain to users what the application is and what it can do for them.

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