Since the Facebook Platform launched, many top Facebook app and game developers have built their products in Flash. A few innovative Facebook Connect implementations have been built in Flash too. Tonight, Facebook and Adobe are announcing a formal partnership and the release of a new Flash client libraries to make it easier for developers to plug into the Facebook Platform inside their Flash applications.
The ActionScript3 Client Library for Facebook Platform is an open-source toolkit that allows Flash application developers to plug into all the core Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect APIs. Basically, Flash developers can now build Facebook apps just as easily as PHP developers have been able to for a long time. The release should make the biggest difference for sites considering implementing Facebook Connect through Flash.
The new libraries are going to be officially supported by Facebook and Adobe, who have been collaborating for a long time to create a comprehensive and optimized set of APIs.
“Combining social functionality with the Adobe Flash Platform gives the millions of Flash developers the tools to create Web experiences that are truly differentiated,” said Bryant Macy, Adobe’s director of platform product marketing.
“Today’s announcement is a further step toward creating experiences that are more social and visually compelling,” said Sebastien de Halleux, co-founder and COO of Playfish, one of the top game developers on Facebook.
The libraries, documentation, and tutorials can be downloaded from Adobe’s DevNet here.