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The Developer’s Guide to Social Programming: Building Social Context Using Facebook, Google Friend Connect, and the Twitter API by Mark D. Hawker

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11 Developing OpenSocial Gadgets with Google Friend Connect

With your experience with the Google Friend Connect JavaScript API and OpenSocial API and server-side using the OpenSocial RESTful and RPC protocols, how about expanding your social reach even further through gadgets? Gadgets are self-contained applications that can be rendered on any Google Friend Connect container or in a standalone service like iGoogle. Data processing can be performed client side using JavaScript, or secure, authenticated requests can be made to retrieve server-side resources. Built-in JavaScript libraries make it easy to create gadgets that include tabs, Adobe Flash content, persistent storage, dynamic resizing, preferences, skins, and more. Gadgets promote the ...

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