Review: Flash Facebook Cookbook by James Ford [Packt Publishing]

Flash Facebook Cookbook by James Ford : Over 60 recipes for integrating Flash applications with the Graph API and Facebook.

Book Description – Introduction:
Flash Facebook Cookbook as named gives a hint of some collection of recipes to create or develop flash and AIR(Adobe Integrated Runtime) applications. And due to the popularity of Facebook and even developers are eager to develop apps for it, this book present lots of self-contained recipes that demonstrate some of what you can do with Flash and Facebook combined.

To start your own app development from this book its important that you must have little basic knowledge of Flash Builder IDE and the Flex framework. For all the developers who want to start building Flash Facebook apps quickly and effectively then here is your stop as this is the book for you.

The day you start this book and as you go on automatically a different confidence starts developing in you because you got success in the app developement which you are going to build. You’ll learn lots of tips & tricks too with this book which will help you in the progress & enhancement of your application’s development. As we all know facebook is the one whose graph of usage, popularity is going like rocket to the upper limits of sky so this book helps you out get your success to that level with the applications you will develop for facebook using this book.

Contents:

  • Getting Started with Flash and Facebook
  • Authenticating with Facebook
  • Working with Facebook Permissions
  • Reading and Writing Data with the Graph API
  • Loading Data with FQL
  • Facebook News Feeds and Status Updates
  • Comments and “Like this”
  • Working with Photos, Albums, and Tags
  • Working with Groups and Events
  • Checkins with Facebook Places
  • Bridging the Flash and Application Gap

Readability: Step by step covering of all topics with lots of examples in easy to learn language. Starting from basic concept of Facebook authentication, its API, FQL, how to integrate new features like Checkins up to advance concept of app development.

Requirement before you start developing apps – Software:

  • Adobe Flash Builder 4 (or greater), with the Flex 4 SDK and AIR libraries
  • A web browser (obviously)
  • Additional hardware/software:
  • (Access to) an HTTP web server, either online or local

About the Author:
James Ford a programmer guy from Midlands of England whose first serious interaction with a programming language was in Macromedia Flash 8. He owns a website (http://www.psyked.co.uk/) where he blogs all about his development of loads of websites, Facebook-integrated Flash Player apps, AIR apps, apps for iOS & Android devices. This is his first book for Flash Platform developers.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (August 25, 2011)
  • Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1849690723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849690720
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches

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  • Jennifer

    The book is quite helpful to understand and setup of Face book API with the Flash. This book is really useful to understand the flash player’s application HTML template for Facebook Integration. This will be useful to understand how the events will be handled including the current sessions and javascript events. This book really help us to work on the permissions for the facebook and reading and writting Data by using the Graph API and loading the date using Facebook Query Language. This books helps user to understand how the comments and feedback will be loaded and added using Flash. Further, user can understand how to work on uploading, retreiving, Creating album using the uploaded images. Also deals with the membership details and other events which will help to change status details and invite friends.

    This books helps us to understand all major functionalities involved in integrating the Facebook API using Flash and explains user step by step on how to proceed further with development using Flash. This really helps us out and play around with Facebook API using Flash Technology.