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Programming Social Applications: Building Viral Experiences with OpenSocial, OAuth, OpenID, and Distributed Web Frameworks Paperback – September 3, 2011

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About the Author

Jonathan LeBlanc is a technology evangelist and principal software engineer working with the Yahoo! Developer Network in Sunnyvale, California. Specializing in open source initiatives around the implementation of social engagement services, Jonathan works with and promotes emerging technologies to aid in the adoption and utilization of new social development techniques. As a software engineer, Jonathan works extensively with social interaction development on the web, engaging in new methods for targeting the social footprint of users to drive the ideal of an open web.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 546 pages
  • Publisher: Yahoo Press; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449394914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449394912
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy award winning software engineer, author of the O'Reilly book "Programming Social Applications", and the Head of Global Developer Advocacy for Braintree and PayPal.

Specializing in identity, auth and security, hardware to web interconnectivity, and data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives towards building a more user-centric web.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Doron Katz on September 23, 2011
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With the inception of Google+, along with the already-dominant Facebook and Twitter, it is important that developers who are supporting existing applications, look to extend their brand across the social-sphere, and this book, Programming Social Applications , aims to educate the readers on the various options available out there today. The author, Jonathan LeBlanc starts off with the basics, underlying the various containers that make up a Social Application, before looking at the arguments between proprietary and open-source implementations.

There are various aspects to hosting the application, client-side, and it's infrastructure requirements, using Flash as an example, or HTML5, as well as server-side, and a combination of both. What is good about this book, is that the author provides various case-studies, to emphasise good v.s bad design as well as explore privacy issues associated with mapping user profile data to your application.

All in all, the book is quite detailed, it does go through examples, including coding examples, and various design methodologies that make popular widget and apps on Facebook for example, which I must admire. I didn't have any issues with the book, besides perhaps it being too thick, which is why I probably just skip to the appropriate sections. I quite enjoyed it, although I do take bits and pieces of it to use as are appropriate for my projects, but this book fits well as a reference, as well as in-depth page-to-page read. Recommend this completely.
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