In your Rails controllers, you have an fbsession that you can use to make any call that the Facebook API defines in their documentation. For any API call, RFacebook populates the following fields for you:
Any other parameters that you see in the Facebook documentation must be specified using Ruby hash syntax, for example with users.getInfo:
fbsession.users_getInfo(:uids => [12345, 9876], :fields => ["first_name", "last_name"])
RFacebook then attempts to make the call to Facebook's servers, and throws an exception if Facebook returns an error for that call.
Once you have a response from the API call, you can access the data using Ruby dot syntax. This allows really simple access to the data without needing to parse the XML response directly.
response = fbsession.users_getInfo(:uids => [12345, 9876], :fields => ["first_name", "last_name"]) # the API call returns a set of user elements, let's get that list users = response.user_list # get the first name of user 9876 puts users.first_name
If you want to parse the XML data directly, you can use Hpricot directly by calling response.hpricot on the response.
To get a list of the users' friends full names:
# get an array of uids friendUIDs = fbsession.friends_get.uid_list # use those uids to get information about those users friendNames =  friendsInfo = fbsession.users_getInfo(:uids => friendUIDs, :fields => ["first_name", "last_name"]) friendsInfo.user_list.each do |userInfo| friendNames << userInfo.first_name + " " + userInfo.last_name end
More samples coming soon...