Facebook Releases fbOpen Platform
June 2, 2008
Facebook officially released the fbOpen Platform, which is essentially the framework that runs Facebook Platform. Included is the API infrastructure, the FQL, FBML, and FBJS parsers, and implementations of many common methods and tags. According to the press release, the intention of the release is “to help you as developers better understand Facebook Platform as a whole and more easily build applications, whether it’s by running your own test servers, building tools, or optimizing your applications on this technology.”
With the exception of the FBML parser, Facebook Open Platform is licensed under a Common Public Attribution License (CPAL), which follows the Mozilla Public License (MPL) with the following two additions.
- That you include attribution to Facebook on any modifications.
- That network deployment, or making modifications available over the network, counts as distribution, which makes the license appropriate for Web services.
The platform can be downloaded on the official Facebook Open Platform page.