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Which is the best book to learn Facebook App development and Facebook Graph API?

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I'm not sure if there is a book for that at all. –  Anna Lear Apr 1 '11 at 3:07
You don't even need a book for that sort of stuff, all you need is in the documentation already. –  Mahmoud Hossam Apr 1 '11 at 3:32
You are a Web developer. It would be in your best interest to get very comfortable with utilizing information on the web i.e the online documentation. –  Aditya P Apr 1 '11 at 4:58
I do not recommend Essential Facebook Development from Addison Wesley: it's poorly organized and doesn't do a good job of explaining... well, pretty much anything. –  Matthew Frederick Apr 1 '11 at 12:02
I'll also add that books are a particularly poor way to learn Facebook stuff because the API is constantly changing. –  Matthew Frederick Apr 1 '11 at 12:08

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I'd recommend reading through one of the Getting Started tutorials and then diving in with one of the sample programs. If you know generally how HTTP requests work and everything involved from the server-side code (PHP, RoR, whatever) to HTML, transferring that knowledge to the Facebook platform isn't hard.

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I have been a Facebook developer for a few years now, and my number one choice is always finding (recent) tutorials and blog posts, rather than books. Facebook, and their platform, change super often. For instance, any book from before october will most likely send you down the wrong path, as FB made some major changes (OAuth2, SSL). This means that almost any book you get will be outdated.

Seriously. Find posts, examples, sample code. Search on Github. Just please, dont fall into the trap that is a book on FB dev. It will be out of date by the time it ships to you.

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Check out Facebook Application Development with Graph API Cookbook - http://www.packtpub.com/facebook-application-development-with-graph-api-cookbook/book.

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Check this out. This book is worth buying. You could learn a lot. Before that, Make sure you are good with PHP, MySql, Ruby on Rails Concepts. Hope it helps. Cheers,


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