Author: Jonathan LeBlanc
Publisher: Yahoo Press
Pros: Tackles a technical topic
Cons: Sometimes long-winded, lacks motivation
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot
This isn't a book about how to use any particular social sites API. Instead it is an indepth look at using open protocols and API to build social applications.
This is not a book that tells you how to create apps for a particular social site so if you simply want to learn the Facebook API or similar you probably need a different book.
Chapter 2 deals with using social graph to map relationships and by this point you might have expected to have encountered some code or even some HTML but the most we have is a small example at the end on using the OpenLike Widgets - which is interesting but not deep. At the end of the chapter I was wondering when we were going to get started and it really isn't at Chapter 3, which tells you how to install Apache Shindig and Partuza.
From here the book moves into even more advanced territory - Advanced Open Social, security, PAuth and the Future.
This isn't a book for the beginner, but for the expert it doesn't really get to grips with the practicalities fast enough. You can't really call the book waffly because it has a lot of information and examples but there is something about the presentation that makes it difficult to get at the subject. Often you are left wondering why some task is important or what you might do with the result.
If you know you want to get involved with OpenSocial APIs then this will probably be invaluable to you, but for the general reader it isn't inspiring.