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Sams Teach Yourself the Twitter API in 24 Hours by Chia Hwu, Jon Wu, Ben Ho, Christopher Peri

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Hour 20. FailWhale and the Future of the API

What You’ll Learn in This Hour:

The History of the FailWhale

How to get your application to retry if Twitter is not working

What 420 really means

The future of the Twitter API

What Is Spotting the FailWhale?

We touched this briefly in Hour 6, but now it’s time to formalize how we deal with getting replies back from Twitter that are other than what we expect, and twitter servers being over capacity; sometimes referred to as spotting the FailWhale. First, what is the FailWhale?

The designer behind the FailWhale, Yiying Lu (http://www.yiyinglu.com/sc/illustration) had posted the image to the stock photo website, iStockPhoto (that image is now removed). The original title of this artwork was ...

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