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Learn the basics of building complex, data-driven applications with the Facebook PHP SDK and MySQL. Author Ray Villalobos first introduces the fundamentals, such as checking to see if a user is logged into an application, accessing Facebook user data through the Open Graph API, and making complex API calls with the Graph API Explorer. The course then dives into building an application with API paths and Facebook Query Language (FQL) calls. Along the way, you'll discover how to post to a user's wall, upload photos, integrate with webpages, and more.
Facebook Application Development is different than other projects. So I wanted to talk about some of the concepts behind working with Facebook, including APIs, the Open Graph, and SDKs. Developing for Facebook could mean a lot of different things, like developing widgets for websites, developing mobile apps that connect to Facebook, or creating apps within Facebook. In this course we're interested in creating apps within Facebook. However, you may also want to pull in widgets such as the like button into your app. These widget features are known as social plugins.
It's information about users' Friends, Likes, and Connections to Pages, and other users. In order to access this information, the developer needs to authenticate or ask the user for permission to these different types of information. As a developer for apps inside of Facebook, your goal is to learn how to access the data within the Open Graph. In order to do that you need to first learn about the Canvas and how to place your apps within Facebook. Then you'll need to learn about authentication so that you'll have permission to the data you need.
Finally, you need to learn how to use the Open Graph API in order to access the data you need from your users.
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