It’s been a while since I posted a review about a packt published book.
I was sent a copy of “Learning Facebook Application Development” by Hasin Hayder and Dr Mark Alexander Bain a while ago. The by-line description of the book is “A step-by-step tutorial for creating custom facebook applications using the Facebook platform and PHP”. It is precisely that.
Here’s my review of it:
The book was published prior to Facebook’s facelift but this doesn’t really impact on the usefulness of the book.
Happily the book focuses on using PHP5 for developing Facebook Applications – while there are classes available for developing FB apps with PHP4 there really is no point in doing so; especially now that official support for PHP4 was withdrawn last month.
MySQL appears to be the database system of choice for the examples and Linux/Unix oriented solutions for scheduling tasks to occur regularly are given – some Windows screenshots feature in chapter one with regard to setting up the client libraries for local development but other than that everything else is unix-centric.
I found “Facebook Application Development” more useful than facebook’s own documentation with regard to the main aspects of developing a Facebook application – it is written well and easier to follow than the online documentation and while it is true to say that the Facebook Platform is evolving I am of the opinion that Heyder and Bain’s work will still be applicable for a long time.