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Platform Updates: Operation Developer Love

March 28, 2012ByNoorin Ladhani

Since last Wednesday's update, we launched New Payer Promotions to help developers convert game players into paying users, and also published a spotlight on Foodspotting's use of Open Graph.

'place' field now available on Photos and Status objects

Supporting our recent launch of the location API we now expose a 'place' field on the Photo and Status Graph API objects, and 'place_id' on the Photo and Status FQL tables.

To access the place info for the The "Test Photo" album (Try this query)

SELECT place_id FROM photo WHERE object_id=10150769146166495

The following PHP example demonstrates how to query the photo table with the PHP SDK:

$facebook = new Facebook(array(
  'appId'  => 'APP_ID',
  'secret' => 'APP_SECRET',

$user = $facebook->getUser();

if ($user) {
  try {
    $fql = "SELECT place_id FROM photo WHERE object_id=10150769146166495";

    $response = $facebook->api(array(
      'method' => 'fql.query',
      'query'  => $fql,
  } catch (FacebookApiException $e) {


This query returns:

         [place_id] => 166793820034304 

Update to Breaking Change Policy

We have updated our Breaking Change Policy. Breaking changes will now only go out on the first Wednesday of each month as opposed to the first of the month. This change ensures that all breaking changes are pushed during the work week. As before, we will continue to give a minimum of 90 days notice of any breaking changes. You can check out all upcoming breaking changes on the Developer Roadmap and we will continue to announce any new changes added to the Roadmap here on the Developer Blog.

Next Month's Breaking Changes (April 4, 2012)

Removing support to claim Domains using Page ID
We will remove the ability to claim domains with a Page ID. The recommended option for claiming domains is with an App ID or User ID and existing domains that have been claimed will continue to work fine. After claiming domains, owners are able to view insights or run Domain Sponsored Stories. See the Insights documentation for more on the updated domain claiming flow.

Making deprecated SDK repositories private
We will make the Python and C# SDK repositories on GitHub private. These repositories are deprecated and may not work as expected due to changes in our auth system.

Removing canvas_name field from application object - Originally scheduled for February 1st, 2012
We will be removing the canvas_name field in favor of namespace field on the application object.

Please check out the Developer Roadmap for more upcoming changes.

Bugs activity between Tuesday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 27

  • 200 bugs were reported
  • 39 bugs were reproducible and accepted (after duplicates removed)
  • 9 bugs were by design
  • 21 bugs were fixed
  • 88 bugs were duplicate, invalid, or need more information

Bugs fixed between Tuesday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 27

Activity on between Tuesday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 27

  • 494 questions asked
  • 436 questions with a score of 0 or greater
  • 176 answered, 40% answered rate
  • 285 replied, 65% reply rate