A simple python script to find bloggers on twitter

Hi! I know you are probably asking what the heck is he doing? I will be honest here, this is not a tutorial but a simple quick fix to a problem I faced last night. I was invited by an author to take part in the so called blog hopping. One of the requirements was to find at least five other authors with blogs to join the adventure. So, I asked myself, how could I make this as much fun as possible and learn something at the same time?

Programming With PHP – Setting Up The Camp

After completing my first two challenges from Mozilla P2PU (HTML and Twitter API programming), I have decided to continue the amazing journey of learning new things. So what is up next for me? The answer is learning PHP. What does PHP stand for? It stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor – which is a recursive acronym.

The next question you might be asking is: what the heck is PHP? I will make it simple enough to understand and then leave the rest to PHP on Wikipedia . So, php is an open-source server-side scripting language designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages. Something worth mentioning here is Rasmus Lerdorf – the creator of PHP (Give credit where it is due)!

How To Use Github Public Repository

Let us learn how to use github public repository.This happens to be my last post on this Programming With Twitter API journey. I do not feel sad because this is actually just the beginning! I will not stop here, I will keep making something better out of it. This has been a great adventure, very informing and fun. So, without much a do, I want to show you(if you have not done this before), how to make our code publicly accessible to interested people who want to read it and even use it for their own learning or applications. I am going straight to github – by the way this is not the only one, look for bitbucket or something that makes you happy.

The Force Is Strong With This One

So, we are almost at the end of the journey here and I am so excited to do so. In my previous post, I demonstrated how to pick up the pieces from the returned data and put them into a single file. That was easy right?

The problem is that if someone else wanted to use my code, they would have to change parts of the code every time, which is not very smart! Today, I am going to put our code together, encapsulate it in a function that will take one parameter from the user and perform the tricks behind the scenes and boom, you get clean tweets containing the query keyword you entered. I know, I should stop talking and show you what I did:

Patience, Young Padawan – More Code

Today, I am going to explore farther or deeper into what we can do with what Twitter API calls returns to us. I will make the whole post a step-by-step tutorial so that anyone interested in trying the codes out can do so with ease. So, let us get started.

[python]

#Always remember to use comments when writing code
#since we are using Python as our programming language
#of choice, we will make sure to import the necessary
#modules or libraries into our file

import urllib2
import json

[/python]

Hone Your Powers – Programming 101

In this challenge, we are required to learn some basic python or ruby constructs that could be useful while converting data returned by Twitter API calls into useful information that we can use in applications. Of course we don’t have to use either of those languages. There are other great languages like Javascript and PHP that you could give a shot! Either way, let us start this ball rolling: I am going with Python!

[python]

#make a simple dictionary/hash, add some items to it
#experiment on retrieving them by key and by value
#dictionaries are mutable

Channel Your Vision – Call Me Maybe API

Hi! I am starting to dive deeper into the current challenge – Programming Twitter API. Just a quick basic review of the API requirements before we make any calls! Oh wait, why not take a look at what an API call looks like?

twitterapicall

If you type the URL shown in that snapshot into your browser of choice, you will see something like this displayed:

returnedjsonfromtwitter

Ugh! How messy is that? I really hope you will be able to look through that mess and identify some information that could help you build something useful!

Programming With Twitter API – P2PU Challenge 2

Hello everyone! I am back again with another challenge from Mozilla P2PU. I just couldn’t wait because completing the first one made me so dang excited! This post is an introductory one, meaning I will not be writing any code today. I will consider this a preparation for the real thing.

While I was getting things ready for the journey ahead, I ran around the web like a bot trying to gather all the necessary documentation and I spent a good amount of time on Twitter’s Developers page scheming through their updated APIs. Below are just a few I had to grab!

Web Hosting & Going Live – Level #5

This challenge requires whoever is taking it to get a website up and running. So, what is better than testing the waters with free web hosting and even a domain before choosing to spend some cold hard cash on a service? Sounds good to me especially since I am not expecting killer traffic any time soon! I am going to head over to 000 Webhost Inc, create an account and pick up a free domain! Excited!
freewebhostingsnap

After logging in, I just go ahead and start the next step as shown and described below:

webhostingacc

HTML Tags Hunting Around The Neighborhood

Welcome to HTML Tags. This is my level 3 challenge! The requirement of the challenge was to put together descriptive images representing several html tags and then create a post on my blog. I will be honest, it was really cold outside today and I had to be creative enough with what I had around me. The falling snow is my witness!

So, I took an extra step and created what I think should be a good representation of html tags information – using stickies. I really liked the original idea because it helped me remember the concepts behind the tags very well. Too much talk? Me too, let us just see the photos already!