Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Facebook Promise to Give Developers 90 days For Major API Changes

Facebook API has been largely criticised for frequently making breaking changes.

As such, they have introduced their 90-days policy.

We are committed to a 90-day breaking change policy. This means Platform changes that would require a code change from developers (security and privacy changes excluded) will be announced at least 90 days before the change goes into effect.

To clarify, there are 4 points to take note of:

  1. Major change/removal of functionality: You have 90 days to comply
  2. Backwards compatible change: Your code should be versatile to new parameters in request/response
  3. Product Change: You will be inform ed.
  4. Privacy/Security Changes: Fix like these will be immediate, even if it is breaking change

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