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OpenSocial Network Programming

ISBN: 978-0-470-44222-7
408 pages
April 2009
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OpenSocial is a set of common application programming interfaces for Web-based social network applications. As the first book on OpenSocial, this valuable resource discusses the unique area of social networking and the needs and different attributes of social network applications. You?ll get step-by-step instructions for creating OpenSocial applications for multiple platforms and explore application development and deployment using integration technologies like the new Sun Zembly Platform. Plus, you?ll examine newer technologies like the Sun Platform that allows even non-programmers the ability to ?mash up? applications.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Social Network Programming.

Chapter 2: Introduction to OpenSocial.

Chapter 3: Gadget XML and Gadget API.

Chapter 4: JavaScript API.

Chapter 5: OpenSocial RESTful API.

Chapter 6: Programming Fundamentals.

Chapter 7: Sample Applications.

Chapter 8: Performance, Scalability, and Monetization.

Chapter 9: OpenSocial Templates, Markup, and Emerging Technologies.


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Author Information

Lynne Grewe, Ph.D., is founder and director of ILab at California State University East Bay, where she as a professor in Computer Science. She created the first class in a university to teach social network programming, using the platforms of OpenSocial, Facebook, and others. Previously, she worked at IBM as a media specialist. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue. She has collaborated with numerous companies in social networking. She has published in professional journals and presented at many conferences and symposiums. Lynne has contacts in industry that are spearheading social network platforms and including Sun, Yahoo!, and Google. She is also a leader in the community developing personalization/socialization of the social network experience and is a member of the OpenSocial foundation.
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