Two new things this week: Developing Facebook Platform Applications with Rails is now available in Beta, and our latest podcast, Mastering Dojo with Craig Riecke, Rawld Gill, and Alex Russell is now online.

Developing Facebook Applications with Rails

With more than 60 million users, Facebook provides a captive audience for developers. More than 12,000 Facebook applications have been launched so far: Is yours next? It could be!

Developing Facebook Platform Applications with Rails leads you through all of the steps necessary to build your first Facebook application. You’ll get hands-on experience with Facebook technologies such as FBML and FQL, and master messaging and news feeds.

There’s more to Facebook than just the API; in this book you’ll learn practical tips from an experienced Facebook developer. You’ll work with techniques such as AJAX and asynchronous messaging, and you’ll see how to slash development time with facebooker, the leading Ruby library for Facebook Platform development.

You’ll build a real Facebook Platform application from configuration to deployment. You’ll get deep into Facebook requests right off the bat, and go on to the Facebook canvas and social features. We’ll finish by looking at advanced features, and tips for handling millions of users.

If you were thinking about building that next killer app, now’s the time.

New Podcast

In our latest podcast, Pragmatic editor Jackie Carter talks to Craig Riecke, Rawld Gill, and Alex Russell, authors of the book, Mastering Dojo: JavaScript and Ajax Tools for Great Web Experiences. Dojo gives you more than just Ajax Plumbing: you get everything from easy-to-use widgets for a rich UI, to optimization and deployment. Dojo covers a surprising depth and breadth of functionality, combining the best of leading edge features and stable, corporate-friendly maturity. Listen as the authors discuss Dojo, the Dojo foundation, and how Dojo is brutally Pragmatic.

Coming Up Next:

  • The ThoughtWorks Anthology
  • Getting Started With XQuery
  • Using MemCacheD

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