Step by Step Facebook Application! With Java !

Let's create first facebook application in java. Just a helloworld one..

We are going to use Eclipse as IDE , facebook-java-api as java api of facebook  and so java ( servlet ) as language.

First Things First

Following Steps 
  • Create a dynamic web project
  • Add jars (api)
  • Configure project
  • Code 
  • Configure Facebook
Let's Begin 

Download Facebook Java Api from here. I used  Extract it wherever you want.
Download Eclipse from here . Use the latest one.. (Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers should be your choice)
Download Tomcat from here. Also use the latest one..
Register an application on facebook 

Create a new application

Probably the label of the button appears different as "Create a new application" but I'm not sure :) 

Agree The Terms and Conditions

Enter the captcha ... Just Save The Changes.. On the following page..

Just Save the Changes

You have an registered application now... 

Api Key

We are going to use the Api Key and Application Secret for the given Application ID.

In The Beginning There Was Creation..

So, open up your Eclipse. Enter to your workspace and create a dynamic web project for me. 

Name your project.. Select an Tomcat Server to run on it.. If there are no tomcat servers in use , create a new one.. 

The second red circle should be on finish :) 

Browser for the tomcat that you just downloaded..

And finish.. 

Now you have a project like this ;

Now we are going to add the jars of the facebook-java-api. Go to the location where you just extracted the the version may de different then mine. Just copy the jars inside the "lib" folder and paste them into the "lib" folder of our project in Eclipse.

So you have this then ;

Let's Code ! 

Create an Servlet ; 

Now initialize the parameters ; API_KEY , SECRET_KEY

Do this again for the SECRET_KEY..

Hands On !

Create a private method and call it from doGet() and doPost()

private void process(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {
String apiKey = getServletConfig().getInitParameter("API_KEY");
String secretKey = getServletConfig().getInitParameter("SECRET_KEY");
HttpSession session = request.getSession();
String sessionKey = (String) session.getAttribute("appServlSession");
String authToken = request.getParameter("auth_token");
FacebookJsonRestClient client = null;
client = new  FacebookJsonRestClient(apiKey,secretKey,sessionKey);
}else if(authToken!=null){
client = new FacebookJsonRestClient(apiKey,secretKey);
try {
sessionKey = client.auth_getSession(authToken);
session.setAttribute("appServlSession", sessionKey);
} catch (Exception e) {
response.getWriter().println("Hello World" );
You see the code ; if the user given permission before the code is running else directing to  facebook site asking for permission..

But wait how the facebook knows our application ? So this question takes you to the Configuration part!

The Configuration 

     Facebook part 
     Go to your application page. On

    Click on your application then Navigate to the Facebook Integration part and Give the url's ;

The port number probably 8080 at your server 

There is a trick here !!! 

Look carefully! there is a "/" at our Canvas URL. But when you start your servlet the "/" don't appears on your (right click to the servlet and run on server) local host url.. This is the tricky part...

Open your web.xml file and add "/" to your servlet url like this ;

If you don't then you get "canvas url is not valid" like the discussion here or you can't access your application..


Run your application inside ide ; (right click to the servlet and run on server)  you see the application redirects you to the facebook for permission..  And then ;

You may see your application in your profile.. Also you may use this application as a staring point..

Thanks for comments.

1 comment:

Zecqin said...

Super anlatim, super paylaşim