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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Facebook API

Several years ago, because of exponential business growth in our area, I decided to create a Facebook Business Page [2010] providing details about the business community. See this link.

When the Maryland Live Casino opened in 2012, I started doing more with the page, including:

  • Photos & Videos
  • A weekly post about a local business.
  • Added several tabs providing various resources about the area for visitors.
  • Researching local events for inclusion to the page.

I also registered a .org domain to use with the page, however I have yet to set it up. That said, I wanted to start building tools and resources to use with an external site. Two ideas I thought may be useful for the new .org domain; [1] a business directory and [2] a list of upcoming area events.

Today, I completed most of the major work on a Java Servlet that uses the Facebook API to provide the list of Events associated with the page. The illustration shows the Servlet running in local mode on my Macbook.


Note: only using 3 earliest events [updated this image].

I am not sure when the new interface will go into production, however I am pretty happy this project is mostly done [custom formating and fine tuning the remaining tasks]. Over the years, I have done one or two things with Facebook as a developer, however not a lot. This project gave me the opportunity to take a good look at the Facebook API and I am glad I did.




Business Directory

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