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Deploying OpenSocial Gadgets to Ringside


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This slidedeck was used as part of my presentation on how easy it is to run opensocial applications on a Ringside Social Application Server. See

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Deploying OpenSocial Gadgets to Ringside

  1. 1. Creating Open Social Applications <ul><li>“ Harness the Power of Social Networking” </li></ul><ul><li>For Your Website and Community </li></ul>1 by William Reichardt
  2. 2. Goals <ul><li>Understand Basics of OpenSocial Platform </li></ul><ul><li>Creating Gadget Definitions </li></ul><ul><li>Hosting Open Social Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for Using Existing Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul> 2
  3. 3. Ringside Integration Users Friends Notifications Data Store RINGSIDE API Facebook OpenSocial API People Activities App Data
  4. 4. How is OS Different? <ul><li>OpenSocial(OS) Applications Perform most of their processing inside your Web Browser </li></ul><ul><li>An OS application is based on Google Gadgets </li></ul><ul><li>The task of Rendering HTML moves from the server to the client </li></ul><ul><li>Applications communicate with a gadget server via Ajax </li></ul><ul><li>The gadget server proxies Ajax requests for you </li></ul>
  5. 5. How it works Web Browser Gadget Server Gadget Container Social Data (Profiles & Friends) Features Ajax Proxy Ringside Server Web Application Server Application Data Web Layer Application Canvas Gadget Definition XML Document
  6. 6. Gadget Definition Files <ul><li>XML Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Contain HTML & Javascript </li></ul><ul><li>Contains Preferences Block </li></ul><ul><li>One or more Content Blocks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Canvas, Profile, Default views </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. OS Application Flow <ul><li>Content Block Establishes HTML Structure </li></ul><ul><li>Content JS Executes </li></ul><ul><li>Read Your Preferences </li></ul><ul><li>Get Social Data (Who are you & your Friends?) </li></ul><ul><li>Mash-up with Your app’s data or a Third Party </li></ul><ul><li>Populate your HTML structure </li></ul><ul><li>Done! </li></ul>
  8. 8. A Hello World Gadget
  9. 9. How are OS Apps Hosted? <ul><li>OS Applications are Deployed exactly the same as Facebook/Ringside applications </li></ul><ul><li>A single gadget is treated as an entire application </li></ul><ul><li>It can be rendered as a Canvas or in a Profile </li></ul><ul><li>Simply check the Use Open Social radio button </li></ul>
  10. 10. In closing <ul><li>Yes, its that simple </li></ul><ul><li>Ringside contains a functional, read to use Open Social (and Facebook) container </li></ul><ul><li>Based on shindig </li></ul><ul><li>Still in Beta, container integration still in progress </li></ul><ul><li>Ringside provides a simple installer complete with mysql and Apache. </li></ul>