This groundbreaking book provides you with the skills and resources necessary to build web applications for Twitter. Perfect for new and casual programmers intrigued by the world of microblogging, Twitter API: Up and Running carefully explains how each part of Twitter's API works, with detailed examples that show you how to assemble those building blocks into practical and fun web applications. You'll also get a complete look at Twitter culture and learn how it has inspired programmers to build hundreds of tools and applications. With this book, you will:
Explore every component of a Twitter application and learn how the API responds
Get the PHP and MySQL code necessary to build your own applications, with explanations of how these ingredients work
Learn from real-world Twitter applications created just for this book
Discover the most interesting and useful Twitter programs--and get ideas for creating your own--with the book's Twitter application directory
Twitter offers a new way to connect with people on the Internet, and Twitter API: Up and Running takes you right to the heart of this technology.
"Twitter API: Up and Running is a friendly, accessible introduction to the Twitter API. Even beginning web developers can have a working Twitter project before they know it. Sit down with this for a weekend and you're on your way to Twitter API mastery."
--Alex Payne, Twitter API Lead
"Twitter API: Up and Running is a very comprehensive and useful resource--any developer will feel the urge to code a Twitter-related application right after finishing the book!"
--The Lollicode team, creators of Twitscoop
Kevin Makice is currently a Ph.D. student at the Indiana University School of Informatics, the first such doctoral program in the nation. His research interests center around local use of technology and the application of relational psychology to complexity and design. Prior to completing his Masters of Science in Human-Computer Interaction in 2006, Kevin was the primary Internet programmer for TicketsNow, a clearinghouse for sports, theatre, and entertainment tickets available in the secondary market. Along with three others, he won the CHI 2005 student competition by designing a concept for ad-hoc volunteering system for elderly residents in assisted-living centers. Past research includes political wikis, tangible interfaces for children's games, machinima, and network analysis of ball movement in basketball. Much of his blogging and academic efforts over the past year has focused on exploring Twitter as a means of community building.
The animal on the cover of Twitter API: Up and Running is a white-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis). This small songbird is 5 to 6 inches in length with a wingspan of 8 to 11 inches. It has a large head, short tail, and a white face and dark crown. The name nuthatch refers to its habit of gathering nuts and seeds, jamming them into tree bark, and then hammering or "hatching" them open with their strong beaks.
A common species, the white-breasted nuthatch has an estimated total population of 10 million. It lives in woodland areas across North America, from southern Canada to southern Mexico. At least nine subspecies exist, although the differences between them are small (mainly plumage color) and change gradually across the range. Like other nuthatches, the white-breasted nuthatch is able to walk headfirst down tree trunks and can hang upside down from branches. This behavior is the reason for its several nicknames, including topsy-turvey bird, devil-down-head, and tree mouse.
The nuthatch is omnivorous, feeding on acorns and hickory nuts in the winter and insects in the summer. It builds nests 10 to 50 feet up in trees, usually in a hole lined with fur, grass, or bark. In spring the female nuthatch lays 3 to 10 eggs, which are white with reddish brown spots. Its main predators are hawks, owls, and snakes.
The cover image is from the Dover Pictorial Archive. The cover font is Adobe ITC Garamond. The text font is Linotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont's TheSansMonoCondensed.