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Facebook and Rails

Ok, so I thought of developing a Facebook application using Rails and kind of assumed that there’d be some fantastic library that just did all the hard work leaving me to write the app.

It seems there are a number of attempts to develop a ruby library for Facebook but finding one that is still active and useful wasn’t easy.

A quick roundup of what I found (mostly via google).

Facebooker – This seems to be the one that is recommended and there’s a book on Peepcode although it’s been said that it expects your entire app to be a facebook app.

RFacebook – The author says “I may cease development on RFacebook in favor of Facebooker”

Giant Robots useful article (one of the most recent I found!)

Facebook on Rails – The author (Hoan) has discontinued support for this plugin.

Facetime – for adding to an existing system with a User model

SocialonRails – Nothing at all at their repository: http://code.google.com/p/socialonrails/

After some attempts at using these, I’m going to proceed down the path of using Facebooker.  The docs indicate that there is an “excellent” tutorial at http://apps.facebook.com/facebooker_tutorial but it is out of date to say the least.  So perhaps I’ll write one while I’m developing an app.

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One Response to “Facebook and Rails”

  1. I am sure lots of people are in the Rails/Facebook boat. When you get things sorted out definitely update what was lacking/missing or was exceptional about the final choice you made.

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