Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Facebook MVC


Welcome to Facebook MVC!

Obviously, if you were able to find this article you are interested in developing Facebook applications using the Model, View, Controller (MVC) design pattern! If this is truly what you'd like to do then you've come to one of the right places!

There are a few things that you'll need to have before you can get started.

1. Visual Studio 2008
2. ASP.NET MVC Preview 3
3. Facebook Developer Toolkit 1.6
4. My Facebook Developer Toolkit MVC Addon

The focus of this article is on how to setup a Facebook application using a MVC approach using ASP.NET. The Facebook Developer Toolkit (FBDT) is a great resource for people that are interested in developing a Facebook .NET application. FBDT is basically a .NET wrapper of the Facebook API. Unfortunately, the current approach taken by the FBDT for building web applications is straight WebForms & as such they use a class inheritance model which does not support an ASP.NET MVC application easily. The Facebook Developer Toolkit MVC Addon, makes supporting a Facebook ASP.NET MVC application a bit easier by adding support for web.config based configuration, & pre-controller-execution FacebookAPI setup via an Action Filter.

Please bear with me as I add more details to this article & to CodePlex

Monday, June 23, 2008


I've completed the code for my Facebook Developer Toolkit & ASP.NET MVC Preview 3 integration toolkit!

I know that nobody in the world would even read this - yet - but I'm excited about it!

I've made it RIDICULOUSLY easy! I've added support for iFrame & FBML applications and all you have to do is add an ActionFilterAttribute to your Controller Action!

The code looks something like this:

public ActionResult Index(Facebook.API.FacebookAPI facebookAPI)

After that you have complete access to the FacebookAPI that is part of the Facebook Developer Toolkit (FBDT).

Nick Berardi started trying to do the same thing with the FBDT but realized that they had an inheritance model for getting ASPX pages to work correctly which doesn't work well with microsoft's MVC model . He moved to the Facebook.NET framework because it was more object based. I feel like I've created a better domain model for the FBDT!

note: I was originally going to base my MVC implementation on Castle's Monorail since Microsoft's MVC teams is working with the folks at Castle. I did have some issues with getting both MVC frameworks to work correctly in a shared-hosting environment but ultimately Microsoft's MVC architecture had an easier fix...I get into it more when I write my real article...this is just me being excited that I'm done with my first version and Xodel (my software development company) can release some real software for the first time since I created it!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

ASP.NET MVC & Facebook

I'm working on an MVC Facebook Application. It's been an interesting journey so far. I'll I be posting the details here.