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Thursday, June 19th, 2008

iWidgets Public Beta: Impressive Widget Builder

Category: Examples, jQuery, Social Networks, Widgets

Joining with the Web 2.0 “go-meta” business model that’s so popular these days, iWidgets provides a service that lets you build widgets once and deploy them to various popular widget APIs and platforms. At the heart of iWidgets is a “PowerPoint-like” widget builder that takes strong design cues from Yahoo! Pipes, but as Peter Yared Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 6:00 am

4.2 rating from 46 votes

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

OpenSocial 0.7: Coming to prime time

Category: JavaScript, Social Networks

The latest version of the OpenSocial spec has been released, 0.7: The best news is that, based on numerous discussions with both app developers as well as container sites, we believe OpenSocial 0.7 has all the necessary pieces to launch OpenSocial apps to users at scale. In fact, both hi5 and orkut will be using Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:35 am
1 Comment

3.9 rating from 15 votes

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Google Social Graph API Released

Category: Google, JSON, Social Networks

Reposted from my blog Would you like to be able to make a quick call to get a JSON response that ties together a social graph made up of resources available on the Web? Brad Fitzpatrick, Kevin Marks, and others at Google have released a new Social Graph API that does just that: The new Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:13 pm

3.4 rating from 27 votes

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Facebook releases JavaScript Client Library

Category: JavaScript, Library, Social Networks

Wei Zhu seems to be cooking with gas recently, and has released the JavaScript Client Library for Facebook API, which is a client side JavaScript library that mimics the other language client libraries (PHP, Python, Java, Ruby, etc): An application that uses this client library should be registered as an iframe type. This applies to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:01 am

3.5 rating from 23 votes

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Facebook releases Animation library

Category: JavaScript, Library, Social Networks

Facebook is slowly adding features that allow you to do more JavaScript in their world. This started with FBJS (after mock ajax), and today they have announced FBJS/Animation, an open source animation library that not only works inside Facebook, but also can be used stand alone. There is a nice writeup of Animation which includes Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:00 am

2.5 rating from 38 votes

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Facebook improves Ajax support with FBJS LocalProxy

Category: JavaScript, Social Networks

Facebook released FBJS as a way to do more than just the simple Mock Ajax that you could do before hand. It didn’t go as far as Caja (hopefully Facebook will work together on it), which seems to be the natural step wrt sandboxing code. Today, they announced improved support for Ajax via a new Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:02 am

3.6 rating from 18 votes

Monday, December 10th, 2007

OpenSocial Container Checker: IGCheck

Category: Social Networks, Testing

Didier Durand wanted to check the compliance of various OpenSocial containers, so he decided to create a tool, IGCheck, that will do the checking for him: The purpose of IGCheck is to test and report which functions of the Google Gadget API (i.e., prefixed with _IG_ in their Javascript name) are available in which containers. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:40 am
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3.1 rating from 18 votes

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Facebook Beacon JavaScript

Category: JavaScript, Social Networks

The Web has been all a flutter with the Facebook Beacon launch, and how all of a sudden people are worried about privacy as they see third party sites throwing content into their news feeds: I put a lot of trust in sites like Facebook to do the right thing when it comes to privacy. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:21 am

3.6 rating from 25 votes

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Making the OpenSocial API feel more at home

Category: JavaScript, Library, Prototype, Social Networks

Chris Chabot has been doing a lot of experimentation with the new OpenSocial APIs. He has written up his experience and created two prototype wrappers. The first short article has some general information and background. The second article includes the first library you can tell to load (owner, viewer, ownerFriends and/or viewerFriends) information, and presents Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:10 am

3.9 rating from 29 votes

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Facebook released FBJS

Category: JavaScript, Social Networks

Marcel Laverdet of Facebook blogged about the release of FBJS 1.0: If you are already used to Javascript, you will find that most of the syntax and functionality that you have come to know and love (or hate) is available in FBJS. Additionally, we’ve created hooks into our higher-level AJAX and dialog implementations which allow Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:20 pm
1 Comment

3.1 rating from 30 votes

Monday, August 20th, 2007

iPhone Apps: Facebook and Minglets

Category: iPhone, Showcase, Social Networks

As soon as Joe Hewitt was part of the Facebook team, we contacted the local bookie to put some money on the number of days before an iPhone view of Facebook would appear. Joe was slacking off, so my guess of 3 days was a little off. ;) Joe and team did a great job Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:14 am
1 Comment

3.1 rating from 23 votes

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Facebook JavaScript and Security

Category: Social Networks

Neil Mix was skeptical that FBJS could be secure. He then quickly found a couple of holes but didn’t disclose them until he had chatted with the Facefolk. Neil is publishing the exploits after they are fixed. What a nice white hat he wears: Facebook Security Hole #1: The first security hole was the easiest Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:51 am

3.7 rating from 32 votes

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Me.dium Widgets and IE 7

Category: Showcase, Social Networks

The folk at Me.dium have announced a new widget that you can use to show Me.dium on your own site, and the full release of their IE 7 support. Below is an example of a Me.dium widget that is bound to as the central point. Me.dium is now opening up to your signups, so Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:57 pm
1 Comment

2.7 rating from 35 votes

Richer Ajax support for Facebook

Category: Social Networks

Mock Ajax? Huh. That is what I thought when I first read the documentation on building Facebook applications. It was a little sad to see that your choice was either to use the “mock ajax” calls, or to jump into iframe land and do everything on your server, thus not interacting with the Facebook shell. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:14 am

3.6 rating from 45 votes

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Bay Partners Announces Facebook AppFactory Seed Program

Category: Ajax, Announcements, Social Networks

Salil Deshpande has announced a bold move with the Facebook AppFactory. Bay Partners is announcing The AppFactory, a seed program to fund Facebook application developers via a fast-track process. This program shows that Bay Partners believes that Facebook, in essence, has become the Social Operating System. And historically the creation of an operating system, or Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:38 am

3.9 rating from 32 votes