Beginning iOS Apps with Facebook and Twitter APIs: for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook; 1st edition (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143023542X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430235422

eBook Description:

Beginning iOS Apps with Facebook and Twitter APIs: for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Beginning iOS Apps with Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Networking Sites is for iPhone and iPad developers who know the fundamentals of iOS development, and want to add a key selling point to their apps: social networks!

Beginning iOS Apps with Facebook and Twitter APIs: for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch shows you how to add the power of social networking to your mobile apps on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. With this book as your guide, you can write apps that connect to Facebook and Twitter quickly, securely, and discreetly. Instead of starting from scratch, you will build on the vast resources, data storage capacity, and familiar features of these platforms which have become part of everyday life for hundreds of millions of users worldwide.

Beginning iOS Apps with Facebook and Twitter APIs: for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch introduces you to the development tools, techniques, and design practices you will need to work with the APIs. It helps you decide whether to use Facebook, Twitter, or both, and explains the important issues of design, branding, and permissible use guidelines. You will learn how to guarantee privacy and use OAuth for authentication and single sign-on.

Who this book is for

This book is for iPhone and iPad developers who already know the fundamentals of iOS development and want to add social networking functionality to their apps.

Create news apps, shopping apps, contact apps, GPS apps, guides, and more, that let users transparently:

  • Sign on once, then freely work with and manage their Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Publish game high scores, post likes, links, and status updates
  • Send messages, share pictures, and forward Tweets
  • Tweet a link to an event, show themselves as attending, and see who else is there
  • Show Tweets that are relevant to a topic within a news app
  • Show Tweets about a restaurant
  • Organize a group or community

From time to time, new forms of communication come along that make it easier for people to communicate and manage their social lives. Like phone calls and SMS before them, Facebook and Twitter have, in a short time, become essential parts of the social fabric of life for an ever-growing number of people throughout the world. The knowledge you’ll gain from Beginning iOS Apps with Facebook and Twitter APIs: for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will help you create exciting and popular iOS apps that your users will rely on every day to help make their lives more meaningful and connected.

What you’ll learn

  • How to integrate these social networks’ APIs into your code
  • How to run multitasking apps and run streamlined background processes
  • When and how to use Oauth for authentication
  • How to connect your users to each other
  • How and where to publish and request data and media from the social graph
  • How to work with JSON, push notifications and other data interchanges
  • How to take advantage of open-source software like Google Wrappers and Google Toolbox
  • How to iterate quickly when using the UIWebView controller
  • How to specify visual & interaction design that is consistent with the design of the platforms (for both iPad and iPhone)

About the Author

Chris Dannen is a technology journalist for FastCompany magazine and CBS Interactive. He has authored one WOW! eBook book, iPhone Design Award-Winning Projects: The Definitive Guide, published in early 2010, and wrote Google Voice for Dummies (2009). He has also written for Inc., Rolling Stone, and Discover magazines. He has worked extensively with foursquare and Facebook in the past, including for his last WOW! eBook book, and also has good relationships with developers at Twitter. He holds a degree in English literature from the University of Virginia. He is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Christopher White is a mobile software engineer at Medialets, Inc., the mobile advertising network. He is a self-taught programmer who specializes in iOS development, and has experience with Android, Windows Mobile and Blackberry developer environments. He has 10 years of experience with Objective-C, JavaScript, and mobile Web development. He holds engineering degrees from Princeton University and Carnegie Mellon University. He is based in Brooklyn, New York.

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