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Developer's Guide to Social Programming: Building Social Context Using Facebook, Google Friend Connect, and the Twitter API, The (Developer's Library) 1st Edition

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“With the advent of the social web, companies must know how to leverage new technologies to stay competitive. Mark Hawker shows readers in simple steps what social programming really means. He walks you through examples of integrating with many of today’s most successful social platforms–getting you up and running with social programming in no time at all.”

–Joseph Annuzzi, Jr., Web Architect, PeerDynamic.com

 

“An essential reference for the social web, present and future… a must-have for making your website known on the social graph.”

–Joshua T. Gross, Cortex Creations

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In "The Developer's Guide to Social Programming," Mark Hawker shows developers how to build applications that integrate with the major social networking sites. Unlike competitive books that focus on a single social media platform, this book covers all three leading platforms: Facebook, OpenSocial, and Twitter. Hawker identifies the characteristics of superior, highly engaging social media applications, and shows how to use the Facebook platform, Google Friend Connect, and the Twitter API to create them. You'll find practical solutions and code for addressing many common social programming challenges, from site registration to search, blog commenting to creating location-based applications. Hawker concludes by walking you through building a complete, integrated social application: one that works seamlessly across all leading platforms, and draws on powerful features from each. Coverage includes
  • Working with the Twitter API, including the Search API, Lists API, and Retweets API
  • Authenticating users with Twitter OAuth
  • Mastering the Facebook API, FQL, and XFBML
  • Utilizing the Facebook JavaScript Library for creating dynamic content, and animation
  • Exploring the Google Friend Connect JavaScript API, and integrating with the OpenSocial API
  • Using Facebook's tools for sharing, social commenting, stream publishing, and live conversation
  • Using the PHP OpenSocial Client Library with Google Friend Connect
  • Creating, testing, and submitting Google Friend Connect gadgets
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Product Details

  • Series: Developer's Library
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (August 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321680774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321680778
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,652,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark D. Hawker is a long-time developer with extensive experience creating successful social web applications for Facebook and Twitter, especially in the field of health informatics. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a First-Class Honours Degree in Informatics.

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"The Developer's Guide to Social Programming" is like three mini-books in one. It covers Twitter, Facebook and Google Friend Connect. The three sections read a bit differently from each other, but there is only one author. Not disruptive enough to be a problem, just odd.

The book assumes you know PHP, JavaScript, CSS and assorted feed technologies. You don't have to be an expert, but you should be comfortable reading code in these languages.

My favorite things in the book were the flowcharts for the authentication/authorization model and the intro to some concepts. In particular, Twitter's OAuth really stood out as an excellent chapter.

The twitter chapters felt more rushed than the rest of the book. In some ways, I felt like the API was being thrown at me. The diagram form was mostly good, but the descriptions were very rapid fire. I say "mostly" because two of the UML like diagrams were in a font that was too small to read. [Edit: clearer images were posted on the socialprogramming.info]

The author does recognize technology changes quickly and says to follow his blog/site for updates.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of JavaRanch.
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I really enjoyed this book. All the books in this series are incredible informational and pretty easy to read. I found this book a good addition to my college education.
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The Developer's Guide to Social Programming shows developers how to build applications that work seamlessly with the major social networking sites, from Twitter to Facebook and Google Friend. Learn to use a range of code and solutions to address many common social programming issues, and learn to build integrated social applications that work with a range of platforms in a title packed with real-world applications and paired with a website containing the book's code examples and further resources.
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