Facebook apps

Paul Makepeace paulm at paulm.com
Sat May 22 21:13:37 BST 2010

On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 12:50, Zbigniew Lukasiak <zzbbyy at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 9:20 AM, Dave Hodgkinson <davehodg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 22 May 2010, at 05:53, Zbigniew Lukasiak wrote:
>>> Hi there,
>>> It seems that there is a huge demand for Facebook applications.  At
>>> least this is what my colleague is trying to convince me about, but
>>> since I have already been approached by a guy interested in this and I
>>> have already written one app - I have seen all the craze of a gold
>>> rush in the Facebook programming forums, it is not that hard to do :)
>>> Are there any Perl programmers freelancing in this market?  How do you
>>> host your apps?  It is mostly about simple one-page thingies - so the
>>> up-front cost of setting up your own virtual machine to run your own
>>> apache with mod_perl is a bit intimidating.
>> Load up a decent VM on Amazon. Should all be out of the box. Or any
>> other cloud provider.
>> Are you going to give a talk on this?
>> Got a CPAN module that distils the necessary code?
>> Is there a ::Simple version?
> It was two years ago that I was fighting with Facebook and it's api -
> but my notes are still there at the Catalyst wiki:
> http://wiki.catalystframework.org/wiki/gettingstarted/howtos/facebook_applications
> I don't know how much of that still applies.  In general it was
> awkward but possible with Catalyst - perhaps something making less
> assumptions could be more appropriate - but I have not yet tried
> anything else.

I wonder how many FB apps _aren't_ PHP. Anyone have stats on this?

It might be the case that at the least interacting with FB servers is
best done in PHP. Recall SOAP... in theory cross-platform, in practice
an unholy horror story.


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