Building Facebook Applications For Dummies by Richard Wagner

Building Facebook Applications For Dummies by Richard Wagner
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Building Facebook Applications For Dummies

by Richard Wagner



Adobe E-Book 342 pages September 2008

There¡¯s no doubt about it ¡ª Facebook is cool. Along with users who want to interact with friends, businesses are using Facebook as a marketing and networking tool. And if you¡¯re a Web developer, you probably know there¡¯s a demand for Facebook applications. If you have some basic knowledge of Web client technology, such as HTML, JavaScript, or CSS, and know how to use a Web programming language, Building Facebook Applications For Dummies is just what you need to start building apps for Facebook.

This friendly guide helps you create applications to reach Facebook¡¯s huge audience, so you can enlarge your list of friends, introduce people to your product or service, or network with other business professionals. You¡¯ll find out how to:

Work with the Facebook API

Build applications that take advantage of Facebook¡¯s News Feed and Wall

Migrate existing Web applications to Facebook

Create mobile apps for Facebook

Use Facebook¡¯s markup and query languages

Get your app noticed by Facebook users

A handy companion Web site includes code samples, starter applications, and other useful information about building Facebook apps. Whether you want to create applications for business purposes or just for fun, Building Facebook Applications For Dummies is the fun and easy way to get started.


Richard Wagner is an experienced Web designer and developer as well as author of several Web-related books. These books include Professional iPhone and iPod touch Programming, XSLT For Dummies, Creating Web Pages All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, XML All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, Web Design Before & After Makeovers, and JavaScript Unleashed (1st, 2nd ed.). Before moving into full-time authoring, Richard was vice president of product development at NetObjects. He was also inventor and chief architect of the award-winning NetObjects ScriptBuilder. A versatile author with a wide range of interests, he is also author of The Myth of Happiness and C.S. Lewis & Narnia For Dummies.


Introduction. Part I: Getting Friendly with the Facebook Platform.

Chapter 1: Introducing Facebook and the Facebook Platform.

Chapter 2: The App Walkabout: Building Your First Facebook Application.

Part II: Poking the API.

Chapter 3: Working with the Facebook API.

Chapter 4: Writing Facebook Markup Language (FBML).

Chapter 5: Exploring FQL: Facebook Query Language.

Chapter 6: Scripting with Facebook JavaScript.

Chapter 7: ¡°Goin¡¯ API¡± with Facebook Developer Tools.

Part III: Developing Facebook Applications.

Chapter 8: Developing Facebook Canvas Pages.

Chapter 9: Creating Content for Profile Pages.

Chapter 10: Seamless Styles: Styling Your Facebook Application.

Chapter 11: Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Communicating with the News Feed and Notifications.

Chapter 12: Tying It All Together: Speed Dial Application.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 13: Ten Strategies to Exploit the Power of the Facebook Platform.

Chapter 14: Ten Killer Facebook Applications to Explore.

Chapter 15: Smashing Successes: Ten Tips for Making Your Application Popular.