At the Forge - Integrating with Facebook Data

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Writing a Facebook application means integrating your database with information kept on Facebook. Here's how you can combine the two quickly and easily.
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Facebook's API gives us the opportunity to think about how we can structure an application that doesn't have access to some of the data. This application doesn't have any authentication information about users, and it can get only particular pieces of data about them. But, because we have an id column, we can use it to store data on our local server and then join that data with what comes from Facebook seamlessly.

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.

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