If you are a Facebook Application developer working classical ASP.NET, you are probably familiar with the Facebook Developer Toolkit. This tool comes with a great set of server side controls that ease a lot of the developer’s job. But if you are like me and that you want to enjoy ASP.NET MVC, then you cannot use those server side controls that easily, so MVC Addon project might be of great help. The MVC Addon will help overcome differences in the rendering and resource requesting differences between classical ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC.

But when it comes to integrating Facebook Connect with ASP.NET MVC, a few things need to be changed from steps explained in classical ASP.NET tutorials. This article is about overcoming those difficulties. So lets get started.

First, you will need to add the following code to your Site.Master file:

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:fb="http://www.facebook.com/2008/fbml">
<script src=http://static.ak.connect.facebook.com/js/api_lib/v0.4/FeatureLoader.js.php

<script src="/Scripts/fbconnect.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

<script type="text/javascript">
    FB.init("YOU_API_KEY", "xd_receiver");

Then, you should create a new controller called ‘xd_receiver’ and add the following code to its Index View (which should not derive from the master page):

<%@ Page Language="C#" Inherits="System.Web.Mvc.ViewPage" %> 

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
<title>Cross-Domain Receiver Page</title>
<script src="http://static.ak.facebook.com/js/api_lib/v0.4/XdCommReceiver.js?v2" type="text/javascript"></script>

Finally, you should add the following code to render the Facebook Connect login button:

<fb:login-button onlogin="facebook_onlogin_ready();"></fb:login-button>

We’re done! When the user clicks on the Facebook Connect button, the Facebook login window pops up. After the user has entered the login information, the pop up closes and your website’s browser window will refresh. From here you can start reading the cookie for the user information and other stuff.

Hope this tutorial can help!

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