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REVIEW: "Facebook Cookbook", Jay Goldman

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Han
    BKFBKCBK.RVW 20090119 Facebook Cookbook , Jay Goldman, 2009, 978-0-596-51817-2, U$39.99/C$39.99 %A Jay Goldman http://JayGoldman.com %C 103 Morris
    Message 1 of 1 , May 11, 2009
      BKFBKCBK.RVW 20090119

      "Facebook Cookbook", Jay Goldman, 2009, 978-0-596-51817-2,
      %A Jay Goldman http://JayGoldman.com
      %C 103 Morris Street, Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472
      %D 2009
      %G 978-0-596-51817-2 0-596-51817-X
      %I O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
      %O U$39.99/C$39.99 800-998-9938 fax: 707-829-0104 nuts@...
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      %O Audience a Tech 1 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 404 p.
      %T "Facebook Cookbook"

      The preface states that this book is aimed at programmers with general
      Web development experience, who are interested in building
      applications for the Facebook Website (as opposed to Facebook Desktop
      and Mobile utilities). Readers should understand HTML (HyperText
      Markup Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), PHP programming, and
      SQL (Standard Query Language) in order to get full benefit from the

      Chapter one lists the factors involved in producing a successful
      Facebook application, which turn out to be startlingly similar to the
      factors involved in producing a successful application of any type.
      The common "Cookbook" style of presenting a problem, and then the
      solution, is introduced in chapter two, which examines the issue of
      market research. Installation, and basic use, of the Facebook
      developer application is in chapter three.

      Some issues of architecture and design are addressed in chapter four.
      Chapter five presents a number of concerns, but it's difficult to find
      any topic common to them. The Facebook Markup Language (FBML) is
      outlined (fairly extensively) in chapter six. A sandboxed version of
      JavaScript, called (of course) Facebook JavaScript (FBJS), is
      described in chapter seven. (The addition of sandboxing to JavaScript
      is rather ironic, in view of the many other security problems and
      weaknesses in Facebook.) Chapter eight deals with the Facebook Query
      Language, and nine with the Facebook API (Application Programming
      Interface). Marketing your application turns out to be the same as
      most other marketing, and chapter ten seems to come full circle again,
      but the tools that Facebook can provide to assist with this process
      are listed here.

      This book collects documentation for the Facebook application
      development tools into one place. As noted in the preface, you will
      need to be an experienced programmer in order to take best advantage
      of them.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2009 BKFBKCBK.RVW 20090119

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