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Building Flickr Applications with PHP [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Morton , Rob Kunkle

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Building Flickr Applications with PHP teaches you how to use todays most popular online photo management system. You’ll learn to work with both your own photos and Flickrs enormous cache, and create new and compelling extensions to the Flickr platform. This book is a great pick because

  • Its written by experienced developer Rob Kunkle and Phlickr developer Andrew Morton.

  • You’ll learn how to use the PHP API Phlickr to write and retrieve photos.

  • Flicker is growing quickly in popularity in the online photo management world.

Using the popular PHP-driven Phlickr API in conjunction with MySQL, you’ll discover how to take advantage of open source tools like PHP, Apache, and MySQL, as well as the Flickr architecture, to manage, retrieve, and format photos in imaginative ways. You’ll also learn how to build upon Flickrs photo collaboration features to create interfaces for working with others on photo album projects. And you’ll learn how to format Flickr tags, taking advantage of RSS to distribute photo updates.

About the Author

Andrew Morton is a developer for Cypress Systems, Inc. and creator of the PHP-driven Phlickr application programming interface.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2579 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2006 edition (Aug. 23 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001D4WHD0
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from the author of the best Flickr API for PHP Oct. 5 2006
By François Proulx - Published on
If you wish to add social software capabilities to your Web applications or simply want to have a way to aggregate a bunch of nice pictures from Flickr on your website, this book is for you. You don't need any prior knowledge of Flickr features or even PHP programming experience. But if you already do, you will quickly enjoy the numerous tutorials. All of them are written in a very clean and simple form.

A great asset of this book is that it truly caters to anyone. A chapter of the book is devoted to give you all the basic skills you need to have in PHP in order to use the Flickr API. The book uses a very powerful programming interface created by of the authors. Morton's API is, without a doubt, the most intuitive and comprehensive Flickr programming interface out there. It has a very clean PHP5 Object Oriented architecture. All the Flickr elements can be treated as a collection of PHP objects. The authors really know the API in great details, so you can't go wrong with this book.

A chapter will also tell you how to setup your development environment (including Apache, PHP5 and the required plugins). Wether you're a PC or Mac user, you will find help here. It will also walk you through the process of registering and generating API keys.

Not only does it cover the usage of the API, but it also explains how to use the Flickr feed services for generating RSS and Atom files. Advanced topics such as uploading photos through the public API are also covered along with source code examples.

I found some of the more advanced examples really helpful for my projects.
4.0 out of 5 stars In depth coverage of a small topic Dec 18 2006
By Michael Stahnke - Published on
When I got this book, I was surprised at how small it was. That's not always a bad thing, however. It is hard-cover, which I just don't like. I like softcover books because they fit in back-packs better and usually keep the cost lower. Oh well, now to the content.

As an experienced PHP programmer and flickr user, over 1/3 of the material was easily skimmed through. There is an intro to flickr, and an intro to PHP. Then the authors take you into actually registering for a Flickr API account and you can start access photostreams.

All in all, it was a very fun to work thought the examples and start modifying them on my own. The work with RSS/ATOM was quite fun and not something I do on a daily basis, so having the text on hand was nice.

The only downside to the book was that there is very limited exposure to the real Flickr API. Most interaction with Flickr is handled through a PHP-pear library/application named Phlickr. It works quite nicely and is maintained by one of the authors, so it is understandable why this was chosen. I do think a little more interaction with the vanilla API probably would have helped though.

If you are into media-driven web design and social site integration, this a fun book to work through.

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