At the Forge - Working with Facebook

Writing a Facebook application? It's easy to retrieve information about Facebook users and their friends as well as display it, using the RFacebook plugin for Rails.

Facebook has provided application developers with a rich and interesting API that goes far beyond retrieving and storing data. It allows us to create applications that truly do sit within Facebook. Next month, we'll look at how we can have a Facebook application that stores its own data and integrates that data along with the user's Facebook profile.

Reuven M. Lerner, a longtime Web/database developer and consultant, is a PhD candidate in learning sciences at Northwestern University, studying on-line learning communities. He recently returned (with his wife and three children) to their home in Modi'in, Israel, after four years in the Chicago area.