FBML Essentials
Facebook Markup Language Fundamentals
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2008
Pages: 192

Do you have an idea for a Facebook application? With FBML Essentials, you'll learn how to build it quickly using the Facebook Markup Language (FBML) and other easy-to-use tools in the site's framework. If you can develop a website with HTML, writing a Facebook application with the help of this book will be a breeze.

Of course, Facebook is not just another website. Any applications you write for it will have a potential audience of 16 million dedicated users. It's not just another social networking site, either. Under the surface, Facebook is pretty sophisticated, with a development toolkit that includes it's own modified version of HTML -- FBML -- to customize the look and feel of your Facebook applications.

With FBML Essentials, you not only learn how to get started with this toolkit, you also get a complete reference on every FBML tag Facebook has ever written, with examples of how each tag works and advice on the best ways to use these tags in your code.

This book includes:

  • A walkthrough of a sample Facebook application
  • Design rules for using images, CSS, JavaScript, and forms
  • Specific chapters on tags -- authorization tags, logic tags, user/group tags, profile-specific tags, and more
  • Messaging and alerts using FBML
  • Creating forms with FBML
  • Facebook navigation
  • Notifications and requests
  • Dynamic FBML attributes, including MockAJAX
  • How to test your FBML code
  • A chapter on FBJS, Facebook's version of JavaScript

If you want to try your hand at writing a Facebook application, you have a willing audience, an easy-to-use toolkit, and the perfect guide to get you started. FBML Essentials will help you take your idea from conception to working application in no time.

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        Out of date

        By Rob

        from London, England

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Out of date

          Best Uses

          • Door stop

          Comments about O'Reilly Media FBML Essentials:

          I'm sure that when this book hit the shelves it was up to date, but unfortunately the world of facebook seems to have moved on.

          I did not find anything of use in this book.

          I would not recommend buying the current edition of this book.

           
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          Outdated and lazilly written

          By Jonathan

          from State College, PA

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          Pros

          • Has FBML terms

          Cons

          • Insulting
          • Not comprehensive enough
          • Sloppy writing
          • Too basic

          Best Uses

          • Below Student level
          • Student

          Comments about O'Reilly Media FBML Essentials:

          The product does cover the core of the FBML - albeit, poorly. The author seemed to have gotten busy with actually providing some useful information at the start of the book, and then, about 1/4th of the way through, became quite lazy and then 1/2 through, he sloth it onto just using what was already on Face Books site.

          For O'Reilly books, this is a disappointment. I bought it over a year ago and looked for an update as the FBML has change quite a bit... nothing.

           
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          Completely outdated and largely useless

          By Jangla

          from UK

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            • Difficult to understand
            • Irrelevant
            • Not comprehensive enough
            • Outdated

            Best Uses

            • Door stop
            • Fly swat
            • Table leg leveller

            Comments about O'Reilly Media FBML Essentials:

            I've no idea how the first reviewer managed to 'map' the outdated settings to the new interface as over half the fields no longer exist and the code that actually runs the entire 'Hello World' example has been deprecated! I smell an O'Reilly employee!

            Avoid this book like the plague and buy something more up to date. Have to give it one star as this review tool won't allow zero.

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            A helpful FBML reference, but...

            By Charlie

            from Seattle, WA

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            Pros

            • Concise
            • Easy to understand
            • Helpful examples
            • Well-written

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              • Intermediate
              • Novice

              Comments about O'Reilly Media FBML Essentials:

              Facebook has changed its Application Settings interface, so the first part of this book, a step-by-step guide to creating a simple FBML application, can be confusing. But after a bit of struggle, I found that I could map the author's settings to the current interface.
              The second part of the book, the actual FBML reference, is GREAT! The author explains everything in a way that a novice like me could understand, and often shows how some given FBML markup renders into HTML. I found that once I made it into this section, I made a lot of progress.
              I think once the publisher updates the book, it will be an excellent way to jump into FB programming. Until then, I'd still recommend it, because it's better than anything else I've seen on the Web or in print.

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              from Minneapolis Minnesota

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                • Too many errors

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                • None

                Comments about O'Reilly Media FBML Essentials:

                The companion website doesn't exist. The book is three years old and totally worthless, a waste of time and money

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