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Learning Facebook Application Development by Hasin Hayder, Dr. Mark Alexander Bain Alexander Bain

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Chapter 4. Cooking User Data

The core of social networking applications such as Facebook, Linked In, hi5, and Orkut, are the users. These applications have no meaning at all unless they have millions of users who are creating networks, sharing their data, and interacting with one another. So when you develop applications or widgets for these platforms, one of the major concerns is to collect user data, and deal with it. Facebook, being an excellent platform for application developers, provides some REST-based APIs to fetch user data easily. In this chapter, we will discuss in detail how we can fetch the information and make use of those in our applications. Though Facebook provides their APIs as REST API, you don't have to worry much about it, ...

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