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Programming Social Applications by Jonathan LeBlanc

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Contents of This Book

This book covers many technologies and tools for working with the social web, from container and application development to building highly engaging social graphs.

Each chapter builds on the fundamentals you’ve learned in the preceding chapters’ social explorations. Here are the overarching topics covered throughout the book, broken down by chapter:

Chapter 1

Takes you through an overview of applications, systems, and open source fundamentals to give you a good foundation for implementing the technologies in the remainder of the book.

Chapter 2

Explores the concepts behind the social graph, breaking it down into its fundamental properties.

Chapter 3

This chapter forms the base of our social application development, walking you through the construction of a social container to host third-party applications.

Chapter 4

Examines extensions and features built into the OpenSocial JavaScript libraries.

Chapters 5 and 6

These chapters offer a deeper exploration of the OpenSocial specification. We will look at the core social aspects of a social platform, from the social graph implementation to the data architecture model.

Chapter 7

Our final OpenSocial chapter will dive into advanced OpenSocial topics such as templating, data pipelining methods, and the future of OpenSocial.

Chapter 8

Covers third-party code security models and how a container can protect itself and its users against malicious code using frontend security systems.

Chapter 9

Explores user and application authorization through OAuth, diving into both OAuth 1 and the newer OAuth 2 specification.

Chapter 10

Details experimental and new technologies being developed for constructing social graphs, activities, and distributed web frameworks.

Chapters 11 and 12 (Chapter 12 available online)

These final chapters look at user authentication and authentication security through the use of OpenID and the OpenID OAuth hybrid extension.

Chapter 12, the Glossary, and the Appendix are available on this book’s website.

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