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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.
If you are a Premium Member of the lynda.com online training library or if you are watching this tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. This course is a little different than most courses. Working with Facebook Applications require that you host your code on a server, so unlike most courses, I'm not in work on local files. Usually, at the beginning of a movie, I will use an FTP program to access my server, and I'll open the folder for this project called Facebook PHP.
Most of the time, I'll start the movie having open a file from that directory. In the Exercise Files folder, you'll find folders for each video in the series. Inside those folders you should see a finished folder as well as a working folder. The working folder has a copy of the Facebook PHP folder when I start the video, and the finished folder has a copy of the Facebook PHP folder at the end of the lesson. If you're a monthly member or an annual member of lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets.
So let's get ready to build Facebook Applications with the PHP SDK.
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