The Platform team stayed close to home early this month with the Facebook Friends.get Party – Birthday Edition event hosted on our home front in San Francisco. Developers, VCs, and tech luminaries joined us to celebrate the 2nd year of Platform and all the contributions created by our developer community.

Celebrating through education, four Developer Garages took place this month with developers worldwide collaborating and sharing their Facebook Platform experiences. The Facebook Developer Garage program serves as a forum to share information and ideas among developers and build together using Facebook Platform.

In New York, over 450 developers gathered to hear local speakers share their thoughts and best practices on Facebook Connect, the Open Stream API, and Platform. Facebook's Annand Sharma shared the latest news on Facebook Connect and Platform technologies.

Across the ocean in London, over 100 developers focused this month on social gaming dynamics and explored the principles for creating successful social games on Facebook. They looked at how you can apply gaming mechanics to increase engagement and retention in a non-gaming community website.

Down in Dallas, over 200 developers met to discuss Facebook Connect and how best to use Facebook Pages. They delved into a variety of monetization and social media strategies for advertisers to best reach their audience on Facebook.

Meanwhile in China, the Developer Garage Shanghai covered every aspect of Facebook's offerings to developers. Facebook Platform engineer Wei Zhu joined over 300 Chinese developers to share information on Facebook Connect and the latest on Platform. They discussed the principles and philosophies of creating successful engaging social games and examined examples of how these principles had been leveraged to create interesting 3D iPhone Facebook Connect implementations.

If you'd like to host a Developer Garage in your region, please see our Developer Wiki to learn more about the program or check out the Platform Page to find more Garages near you. We look forward to seeing you at a Facebook event soon!

*Special thanks to our hosts Trapeze, Facebook Developer Garage London, CoHabitat, China Social App Developers, and to our sponsor Intel.