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Sams Teach Yourself the Twitter API in 24 Hours

Book Description

The hands-on, step-by-step guide to building Twitter apps and integrating Twitter into existing sites, services, and applications

  • Shows what can be done with the Twitter API - including non-traditional examples

  • By the creator of the popular Twitterfilter app

  • Covers API basics, REST, calls, replies, components, displays, classes, errors, credentials, search, downtime, etiquette, and more

  • Quick, easy examples deliver results fast, and handy reference sections help programmers for years to come

  • Finally there's a practical guide to developing new Twitter applications and integrating Twitter into existing sites and applications. One step at a time, this book teaches all facets of Twitter programming, from the absolute basics to rich, non-traditional application development utilizing multiple API calls. Top Twitter developer Christopher Peri demonstrates what the Twitter API can do, introduces each leading type of Twitter application, and discusses the issues developers face in using the Twitter API. Peri shows how to set up the Twitter API environment; make API calls and parse responses; work with components; create displays; build application frameworks; handle error messages and downtime; pass credentials to Twitter; create clients; send messages; use Twitter search; and more. Along the way, Peri provides innovative solutions to Twitter programming problems, helping developers overcome API limitations they'd otherwise struggle with. Peri concludes by previewing the future of Twitter and its API; demonstrating innovative example applications and mashup services; and explaining the crucial "etiquette" of Twitter development. Throughout, each lesson builds on everything that's come before, helping readers learn core techniques from the ground up. Concise, easy-to-reuse code samples help developers get started fast, and detailed Twitter API reference sections support them for years to come.