Sams Teach Yourself the Twitter API in 24 Hours
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Dr. Christopher Peri received his Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in Architecture. His focus was on Collaboration in Virtual Environments delving into methods that facilitate designers and engineers to improve communication over remote networks.
He started playing with the Twitter API very early in the API release, creating his own Twitter client called TwittFilter, which is geared more to the occasional user then someone who uses Twitter all the time. As time went on, he added more and more features and functions for his own personal use, until one day he realized he had a fairly sophisticated application and opened it up to the general public to use. He learned quite a bit about the Twitter API the hard way—by simply coding things up and seeing what happens. Although TwittFilter is still a personal project, he has already created a number of private Twitter applications, robots, and smaller projects like NewsSnacker.com, which is open to the public.
In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you’ll learn how to build great new social applications with the latest versions of the Twitter API. Using this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach, you’ll discover all you can do with the Twitter API, and master everything from the absolute basics to the newest innovations. One step at a time, you’ll learn how to build Twitter clients and extend them with more power… use advanced features like streaming and geotagging… even build mobile Twitter apps for iPhone and Android! Each lesson builds on what you’ve already learned resulting in a fully functional Twitter application, giving you a strong real-world foundation for success, even if you’re completely new to Twitter development!
Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Twitter API programming tasks.
Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.
By the Way notes present interesting information related to the discussion.
Did You Know? tips offer advice or show you easier ways to perform tasks.
Watch Out! cautions alert you to possible problems and give you advice on how to avoid them.
Learn how to…
- Make the right upfront decisions in planning your application
- Integrate Twitter support into existing sites, services, and applications
- Set up your Twitter development environment
- Make Twitter API calls, handle responses, and develop readers
- Construct dynamic frameworks to efficiently generate and manage multiple API calls
- Build basic clients and extend them to handle more powerful tasks
- Securely access server resources with OAuth
- Use Direct Messages, Lists, Search, and other Twitter API features
- Enable users to control their accounts, establish favorites and friendships, send notifications, and block individuals
- Build location-based, geotagged applications with Twitter’s GEO API
- Give users up-to-the-minute information about the hottest Twitter topics
- Get started with Twitter development for iPhone and Android
- Understand the future of Twitter API development
Visit the book's web site at www.twitterapi24.com for code examples, book updates, and a place to engage in conversation with other readers of this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
For Learning the Twitter API, A Good Place to Start,
The book begins with a brief but thorough description of Twitter and the benefits of using the Twitter API. As a web developer who recently completed a project involving an API, I enjoy efficiently accessing data from other web sites, without knowing the intricate details... Read more
Source code on the net,
This review is from: Sams Teach Yourself the Twitter API in 24 Hours (Paperback)I downloaded the source code for hour 20 and published it to my web site. I could not get the example application to work. The web site does not make it clear if you only need to download hour 20 to get project to work.
I am fustrated by the lack of Technical help you get from the book publisher. So far I have not found a book on Twitter that gets you up and running with appllications.
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Table of Contents
HOUR 1: What Is Twitter? 1
What Twitter Offers You 1
A Brief History of Twitter–or Why 140 Characters? 2
HOUR 2: Twitter Out of the Box 11
What Twitter Offers You 11
Registering Your Application 15
The Twitter Client 16
HOUR 3: Key Issues to Consider When Developing Twitter Applications 21
Types of Twitter Users 21
Types of Twitter Applications 25
HOUR 4: Creating a Development Environment 33
Background of LAMP Stacks 33
Setting Up a Local Web Server 34
Securing Your Web Server 38
Development Tools 41
HOUR 5: Making Your First API Call 49
Making a Simple Twitter API Call 49
Making a Call in PHP 53
HOUR 6: Building a Simple Twitter Reader 59
Building Our First Twitter Client 59
Twitter HTTP Response Codes 65
HOUR 7: Creating a Twitter API Framework 73
Twitter API Parameters 73
Creating an API Function for Twitter Function Calls 75
HOUR 8: Twitter OAuth 81
What Is a Class and Why Do We Want to Use It? 81
What Is OAuth? 82
How to Register Your Application 82
Creating the OAuth Twitter Class 83
PHP Library for Working with Twitter’s OAuth API 84
Setting Up the twitterOAuth Class 85
How to Add New Functions to Your Twitter Class Object 90
How Our Class Deals with Twitter Connection Errors 92
HOUR 9: Building a Simple Twitter Client, Part I 95
Expanding the Index File to Support Tabs 95
Adding Support for Home Timeline 97
Adding Support for Mentions 99
Adding Support for Direct Messages 101
HOUR 10: Building a Simple Twitter Client, Part II 105
Updating and Adding New Files to Support Input Text Field 105
Sending a Message to Twitter 108
API Call for Direct Messages 109
Sanitizing Messages 110
HOUR 11: Expanding Our Client for More API Calls 113
Types of API Method Calls 113
Adding Tabs to Our UI 114
New Timeline API Calls: Retweeted 117
New Status API Calls: Retweeted 119
HOUR 12: Direct Messages 125
Sending a Direct Message 125
Adding Direct Message API Support 127
Adding More Direct Message API Support 131
The Destroy API Method 132
HOUR 13: Lists 135
What Is a List? 135
Implementing the List API into Our Application 137
Three Types of List Methods 142
HOUR 14: Favorites and User Methods 147
Favorites API Methods 147
User API Methods 153
HOUR 15: Search 161
History of Twitter Search API 161
Twitter’s Stance on Search 161
The Lone Search API 162
A Quick Guide to More Information on Search from the Twitter Docs 170
HOUR 16: Trends and GEO 177
What Is a Trending Topic? 177
Supporting Trends in Our Application 177
Understanding the GEO Tag 187
HOUR 17: Friendships, Notification, Block, and Account Methods 193
Friendships Methods 193
Notification Methods 197
Block Methods 198
Account Methods 199
HOUR 18: Twitter Documentation 205
The Twitter Dev Website 205
Twitter Resource Page Overview 212
HOUR 19: Streaming API 219
The Three Types of Streaming APIs 219
Streaming Methods 222
HOUR 20: FailWhale and the Future of the API 229
What Is Spotting the FailWhale? 229
Review of the Application We Just Built 231
Where Is the Twitter API Going? 236
HOUR 21: Getting Started in Twitter Android Application 241
Introducing Android 241
Creating the Hello Android Project 243
HOUR 22: Building Android Applications with Twitter 255
Using Twitter OAuth in Android 255
Importing Packages 261
HOUR 23: Getting Started with Twitter Using iOS 279
Introducing iOS 279
Creating a Hello World Application 280
HOUR 24: Building an iPhone and iPod Touch Application with Twitter 293
Introducing Twitter xAuth 293
Benefits of Using Twitter xAuth 294
Selecting Twitter Objective-C Libraries 294
Loading xAuth Token 302
Posting Tweet 304
Adding MGTwitterEngine Delegate Methods 305
Creating Objects in Interface Builder 308
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