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Frustrated creating Facebook APP, sometimes works sometimes won't

[Not a rant, but a legit question] is it just me? how?

5:06 pm on Apr 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi webmasters, been on the forum for a while, not precisely a newbie, I would like to know if its me that's going nuts or if all this confusing experience is a reality.

I created a Facebook app that reports important messages from CMS/shopping cart/inventory system to the each owner's wall in Facebook, it worked, but honestly I'm impressed about all the trash and errors I found on FB. The app also notifies of new product arrivals to users directly on their wall depending on their preferences.

My experience: too many errors. I followed the FB examples and guidelines to generate the APP, also the token and infinite session (so that the cms can notify facebook). I'm amaze how 1+1 = 2 one minute and then 1+1=error too many times, not kidding: the same code!. I organized my attempts (code) and found out a previously reported "wrong" php file suddenly worked, and how suddenly stopped working.

Lack of help and clarity. Searched for help and found old threads with users complaining and stating that the API has changed again and again. Then, for the latest threads only found questions of other users with the same problem, but no answers. Gave up, then tried again and generating de token didn't work, only reported errors. Gave up again, decided to try and the same code worked!.

I experienced too many errors and at the end I can't say I know what works and what not, the same lines worked sometimes and other times won't work. Now even the same code is reporting an error of a FB function that doesn't exist (anymore), that was from one night to the other, in fact 11 hours.

At the end I completed my app
It worked on my "beta" FB user along with the clients (me again), then went to my main account to recreate it all to go "alpha" doing again what proved to work (confusing) and guess what, lots of errors! I even copied the same php files I used stage by stage replacing the IDS and what not, guess what, the old files wouldn't work now. I even tried from zero again, nothing.

Instead of "the quote of the week" I find useful for my clients clients being able to receive updates via facebook. Note: the problem was (is) technical, not of terms of use. I was testing the app with general stuff and status updates. The app was not suspended.

Is it just me? am I nuts?
11:40 am on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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There are a lot of issues with the documentation around facebook with regards to apps, though things are improving, so trust me I feel your pain. Unfortunately not too many people really want to share their secrets when they work out how to do something. It almost becomes like a rite of passage having to decipher everything yourself.

Could your issues have been related to downtime at the facebook end? [developers.facebook.com...]

looks like there were some issues. I've not really worked with persistant logins but I'm sure people here might be willing to help
2:50 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Tommybs, FB appears to be too buggy and unstable. I experienced similar errors while ago and last week was just too much. I had those token problems mentioned on the link you provided but I'm know having other problems for something that was already working.

I find many complains on how they constantly change their api and users find themselves with working code that won't run anymore. I'll keep checking on this. Thanks.

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