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Facebook All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Jamie Crager, Scott Ayres, Melanie Nelson, Daniel Herndon, Jesse Stay

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Chapter 4

Tour of the Facebook API

In This Chapter

arrow Finding technical information

arrow Understanding the Facebook API core concepts

arrow Using Facebook SDKs

arrow Placing Facebook objects on your website with social plugins

Developing apps for the Facebook platform requires a little knowledge on two fronts. The apps themselves often consist of HTML and CSS for creating and formatting websites, as well as JavaScript, PHP, Python, or Objective-C programming. To deploy an app on Facebook and take advantage of all the various objects, such as news feeds and other Facebook features, you need to have an understanding of the basic Facebook application programming interface (API).

Facebook provides a well-developed API for creating apps, with plenty of tools to help you integrate your app into Facebook’s social fabric, as well as extensive documentation. However, like most documentation (usually written by technogeeks), finding information isn’t always easy. Using it can be difficult, especially if you don’t know what to look for.

In this chapter, we take a look at the API and its core concepts, the various ...

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