User Guide

OSDE is the Eclipse Plug-in for developing OpenSocial applications. Normally when you want to develop and test a social application, you must use an actual SNS(e.g., orkut.com, myspace.com, hi5.com, etc.). This has many drawbacks--for example, you must make friends for testing your social application, must find a SNS that supports all the functions you are testing, and the server hosting the SNS must provide high availability.

OSDE is able to provide an individual SNS for you. In this small SNS, you can make a person's profiles, social graph, groups, and most test data. These test data will be used in your OpenSocial application. In addition, OSDE provides views for listing people, appdata, activities, etc. in your Eclipse IDE. By using these views, you will be able to control most test data when testing your application.