Creating a Facebook Photo Album with Adobe Flex

Building your own Facebook photo album using Adobe Flex is a great way to create a unique look and feel for your photo album. Although Facebook already includes technology for photo sharing nothing is quite as advanced as if you build your very own photo album.

Flex is a free development kit produced by Adobe, the purpose of this software is to make it easier to create powerful web based applications. With the right extensions and libraries Flex can also be used to make very powerful Facebook applications.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Facebook Account
  • Flash Player
  • Developer Account on Facebook
  • Flex SDK

Step 1 - Creating API

Before you can do any work on a Facebook photo album you will need to create a unique API and secret key. Once you have signed up for the developer Facebook application you can then click to set up a new application.

Give the application a name and agree to all the terms and conditions. Once you have done this you simply need to click to save all the changes.

After this you will be taken to a new page where you will be able to see the API and secret key.

Step 2 - Changing the Application Code

Change the type of application into desktop by clicking on the Advanced tab and setting Desktop as the application type, failing to do this will mean that you see error code 100 when trying to log in. Now simply click on Save to save the changes.

Step 3 - Downloading

Now download two files which are required to make a flex Facebook application. One of these is the Facebook action script SPI, and the other is the Facebook Library.

Step 4 - New Flex

Now create a new project in flex and add the Facebook library which you just downloaded. This can be done in the Flex SDK editor.

Step 5 - Learning How to Program in Flex

You will now need to learn how to program using Flex, this is a very easy software development kit but it will still take some time to master. There are lots of different flex programming tutorials on the Internet which will help you to master this skill.

Specifically research methods of using Air and Facebook applications with one another.

Step 6 - Testing Your Program

Now you will need to test your Flex Facebook photo album to make sure that everything is working as it should be. It should be able to display all of your photos.

Step 7 - Troubleshooting

This step is the last but also the most difficult. If the Facebook photo album application isn't working properly then you will need to troubleshoot the code, there's a very good chance that you have forgotten to add a line or typed it wrong.

This can be very frustrating, but it's important not to get too annoyed with this process because it's essential. After troubleshooting your photo album should then work flawlessly.

A flex Facebook application can be used to access almost all of the information in your Facebook account, it's certainly not just limited to creating photo albums.

Popular P&S Cameras for High Quality Photos: