Heroku – PostgreSQL Addon

I´ve already explained how to use “Heroku” in my Article “Heroku – Gratis SSL für Facebook Apps“, but Heroku offers a lot more with the Add-Ons. For example, “PostgreSQL” for – surprise, surprise – PostgreSQL databases. A wonderful alternative to MySQL, to store User data in a Facebook App (for example). Here´s a mini-tutorial:

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QNAP NAS – USB Webcam with Motion Detection

A NAS is not only good for storing data and media, you can also use consumer-webcams per USB. And that´s all you need for video monitoring with motion detection. The tutorial is based on the QNAP TS-212 (the best there is), but it should be the same for all QNAP devices. In fact, it should work on pretty much every linux distribution.

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Heroku – Free SSL for Facebook Apps

For Facebook Canvas Apps and Page/Tab Apps, you need a server with SSL. You can either buy a server with a certificate, or you can use the “Heroku Cloud Application Platform“. Up to 5MB space are for free, should be enough for smaller Apps. Just be warned, Heroku is pretty slow, it can take a few seconds until the Page responds.

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Facebook API – User Events

This a follow-up of my recent article about reading the guest list of a Facebook Event created through Facebook Pages. If you want to get the Events (and the attendees) of a User, it´s a bit more work. You need to authorize the User with the permission “user_events”, and you will still just get the Events the user is attending too with the “/events” connection. I spare you the details of creating an app, this is just the authorization code for the PHP SDK:

$facebook->getLoginUrl(array('scope' => 'user_events'))

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Facebook API – Guest List of Facebook Events

There is no easy and integrated way to get the guest list of a Facebook Event anymore. You can view the list of “attendees”, but you just get a small box with no possibility to export it without additional tools. Especially with hundreds of people attending, the list that Facebook offers does not help you at all to get an overview:

Facebook Attendees

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