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Professional Twitter Development: With Examples in .NET 3.5 1st Edition

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As one of the simplest, most popular, and most powerful social networking platforms existing today, Twitter boasts a programming API that allows you to build websites and applications (both desktop and mobile) for reading and posting to Twitter, finding other Twitterers, aggregating Twitter content, and other uses. This timely resource shows skilled .NET developers how to take Twitter beyond a simple message service and build exciting, useful, and profitable applications using C# and .NET 3.5.

You'll begin with a look at RESTful services and examine how to structure your queries, handle asynchronous operations, use headers, and post binary data. The author then explains the use of Twitter in push-based scenarios and shows you how to use WCF Polling Duplex, the gnip.com service, and Twitter's Streaming API.

You'll learn how to authenticate with the OAuth specification for web and Windows applications. Plus, you'll take an in-depth look at TweetSharp, a .NET library for developing Twitter applications. Examples in Windows Forms, ASP.NET, Silverlight, and Windows Azure help you learn to make the most of Twitter and build your own applications for this exciting new platform.

What you will learn from this book

  • Ways to design a Twitter application, including caching, third-party application interoperability, near real-time data updates, push vs. pull data scenarios, and more

  • How to request and retrieve responses from Twitter's API

  • Various techniques for developing custom applications

  • Considerations to take into account regarding authentication and security

  • How TweetSharp can speed up your application development and time to market

Who this book is for
This book is for experienced developers who are interested in building Twitter applications or adding Twitter integration to other applications.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

Updates, source code, and Wrox technical support at www.wrox.com

About the Author

Daniel Crenna is a Microsoft MVP and the creator of TweetSharp, an open - source .NET Twitter API development library. He runs www.dimebrain.com , a blog and software company in Canada. His Twitter client project, currently in development in partnership with Jason Diller, was a Top 5 Finalist in the Microsoft BlueSky Innovation Excellence Awards in 2009. Daniel was a contributor to the Microsoft AJAX Control Toolkit, and is a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470531320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470531327
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,430,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian Mains on December 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I must admit that Twitter is a subject that intrigues me, just like all of these social service media do. But this book is more than just about Twitter; it's also about Twitter's architecture and the use of REST-based applications and services that can be exposed through other means than just twitter (WCF, for example). It's about making web requests and responses using HttpWebRequest and HttpWebResponse. It's about Oath authentication requests which are utilized by Google and other services. So the concepts you will learn in this book go beyond twitter.


The book is packed with a lot of content about the services Twitter offers. It's clear that Daniel has a lot of knowledge on the subject. He packs the book with API references, code he's written to simplify and make requests from Twitter, and other important information.

The book's chapters are laid out relatively well. The chapters do flow in a relative order that works, moving from overview, to API references, to working with the raw data and the various API's, and finally ending up with the advanced topics of performance, functionality, data push/pull, and cross platform applications.

I find a lot of value in the service references in the book. This makes a great reference to refer back to when using the Twitter service. The book also has a wonderful reference of error codes that twitter uses to return to the caller, as it isn't straightforward to typical HTTP requests. The information on OAuth, as it is a pain to get setup correctly, is priceless too.
The book also covers the type of information (the properties within each object) that may be returned from a given object. Some of these properties change depending on the type of data being queried.
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I've only read the first 2 sections of the book. On a Kindle the first section images are totally unreadable on an iPad Air. The second section unfortunately has references to xml and Json files to read which apparently no longer exist probably because its been about 6 years since the book was put out. Twitter 1.1 api was not out when this book was written so I am probably going to find more outdated material. There are very few Twitter development books using .NET which is the reason I purchased this one. Some information may be old but at least it provides some clues as to what you need to search for.
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