Proposal for a technical session at the MySQL 2009 Developer Conference


Building and Deploying a Facebook Application using PHP, MySQL and NetBeans


Facebook provides APIs that lets you build applications that work against a user's social network. This can be very powerful as it allows your application to take advantage of someone's social connections to provide features not otherwise possible.

In this session we will walk you through building and deploying a simple Facebook application written using PHP and MySQL.

We will also be demonstrating the power (and fun) of using a good PHP IDE like NetBeans to build PHP applications.

Many PHP developers use a simple text editor like 'vi' to build their applications. Hey, why not -- it's simple, lightweight, and gets the job done.

But those of us who have tried a good IDE have an 'aha' experience. You realize that a tool like this can have such an impact on your productivity and experience of writing code that you never want to turn back.

So if you want to learn see what it's like to build a Facebook application, and/or you are an IDE virgin and want to see how the other half lives, we highly recommend this session.


  • Justin Bolter - Dynamic Languages Evangelist, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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  • Petr Pisl - Team Lead, NetBeans PHP support, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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  • David Van Couvering - Team Lead, NetBeans database support, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

David has been working with databases and middleware for the last twenty years. His previous roles before NetBeans include architect and evangelist in Sun's database technology group, architect for Sun's clustering technology within their application server, and the founding architect for Sybase's Enterprise Application Server.

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