Developing Facebook Platform Applications with Rails is done!

I’ve been busy recently, as you may have guessed from the lack of posts. It’s time to share the items I’ve been working on!

First, I’m thrilled to announce that Developing Facebook Platform Applications with Rails is being printed. It should be shipping withing the next couple of weeks. If you haven’t ordered your copy, pick one up now. All told, it took about 10 months to get the book out. That’s definitely longer than I hoped, but there is a good reason. Facebook released a massive overhaul of their platform about 3 months ago. The shipping version of the book has been completely updated to reflect this new API. It took a lot of work, but I’m happy with how it turned out.

In other Facebook news, I released a plugin called facebooker_authentication that encapsulates a lot of the code that we use on Facebook applications. It covers user creation, user authentication and some helpers for handling users. I’ve used something similar on every application. In fact, I use this plugin on two forthcoming screencasts for the Pragmatic Programmers. Expect another announcement here when that happens.

Finally, I’m still getting settled into Philadelphia. It’s a great city with some fun people. I’ve spent a couple of days at Indy Hall and really dig it. I’ve also been volunteering with a group called Back On My Feet that supports the homeless population in Chicago. I’m running the Philly marathon on their behalf. Check out my story and make a donation!