Facebook Application Development For Dummies Paperback – May 10 2011
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From the Back Cover
Learn to choose your platform, plan your strategy, and spread your message with Facebook!
Ready to build the next knockout Facebook app? Whether you're starting out with a humble (but useful!) HTML tag to welcome visitors to your Facebook page or planning a fully integrated Web site that connects your visitors with their Facebook friends, this book has the scoop. If you know justa bit about HTML and basic scripting, you're ready to go!
Find the fish — see how you can put your product or servicebefore Facebook users and "fish where the fish are" with apps and Pages
Get the tools — check out the Facebook Developer app and choose a text editor, hosting service, and scripting language
Explore APIs — learn about OAuth 2.0, Graph API, Real-Time Objects, the Search API, and more
Make it mobile — program your app on the iPhone or Android Facebook SDK
Be businesslike — turn app development into a business, advertise and sell your apps, and keep up with the rules
Open the book and find:
How to create developer and test accounts
Tips for setting up an app-hosting foundation
Steps for creating a 5-minute app
How to recreate your Web site within Facebook
Integration points and how to use them
Cool ways to use Social Plugins
How to translate your Web site into multiple languages
Pitfalls to avoid
Install the Facebook toolkit and use the Graph API
Use Facebook Markup Language and Facebook Query Language
Create applications for marketing and making money
Boost your brand with a Facebook page
About the Author
Jesse Stay is a social media technologist, consultant, and developer who specializes in Facebook and related technologies that enable business owners to reach their customers in a viral manner. He is Social Media Director for the LDS Church as well as founder and CEO of Stay N Alive Productions.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
In common with other reviewers I found the information in this book to be well out of date. Usually in Dummies books they take a 'fill-in-the-blanks' approach to getting you started, the emphasis being on getting you to a working result as quickly as possible, and then explaining the theory later. This approach was never going to work with this topic because the Facebook platform changes week by week. The author acknowledges this; I've lost track of the number of times the author says "at the time of writing...". It would have been useful therefore for him to abandon the usual Dummies approach and give the reader some much needed theory: for example explaining the parts of the Facebook screen you can and can't change, building a top-down explanation of terms and concepts, etc. But no, the author presses ahead with page after page after page of screens and forms that look nothing like what you will actually see when you come to do it.
I've given up on it. I'll keep it for reference and give it 2 stars on the expectation that it might come in useful later on. On almost every page the author refers the reader to look at the latest content on Facebook's own developers website. Here's my suggestion: save yourself the cost of this book and go directly to the Facebook developer pages.
The state of fb development is a moving target and this book has tons of the latest info. It will save you from having to do the site-by-site, blog-by-blog detective work to figure out how to do things.
I was getting really frustrated looking for thorough and up-to-date information and finding this book was a huge relief.
On the positive side, the author has a great conversational writing style -- what anyone familiar with "Dummies" books would naturally expect. And I'm not necessarily blaming him. In fact kudos to the author for actually taking the effort to write a "Facebook Programming" book -- I have been looking for them for ever and they are still very rare. Based on my experience with this book, I now understand why.
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