My first app at Wonga.com was the Hearts FC Football App, to promote Hearts FC getting to the final of the Scottish Cup Final against Hibernian FC (Hibs).
I created a second Facebook app for the Financial Times that scrapes a number of RSS feeds to bring in editorial content into Facebook. The app uses XML for flat-file storage and caching to speed up loading.
I created a simple application for the Financial Times Facebook Fan Page, using PHP and a XML flat-file store. The application had a CMS backend to allow an administrator to customise the images, URLs and text for each of the boxes (up to 6 supported).
The North Face Basecamp App was the first application I developed that used Facebook Places as a gaming mechanism.
The Volvo Emissions Equality Petition application was created to gather support to reduct carbon emissions in the UK. The application was a Fan Page application that sits on the Inside Volvo UK Facebook Fan Page, with the aim of gathering 2,000 signatures.
Now you know how to back up your files and code to Amazon S3, but what about databases? Use this script to back up your databases to Amazon S3. You can even use it in a cronjob.
The Linux mogrify command (part of ImageMagick) is a handy way to compress / resize a image, or multiple images easily using the CLI. mogrify can also be used for convert or compress images.
Amazon S3 provides a cheap solution and easy to use solution to back up your Linux server or files on the cloud. The Linux s3cmd script lets you use rsync to backup folders and files easily.
PHP 5.4.x makes a few changes to the php.ini file which causes the Facebook PHP SDK to break. The issue is with the PHP SDK, which relies on $_REQUEST from the server, which has changed in PHP 5.4.0.