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Twitter Application Development For Dummies 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470568620
ISBN-10: 0470568623
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Discover the fun of building a Twitter app, and earn some cash too!

Love Twitter? Know a little (or a lot) about developing applications? Learn how to build a Twitter app, some great ways to make it stand out from the crowd, how to get it discovered, and how to turn your Twitter app-building into a productive little business — all from the creator of FriendOrFollow.com, one of the coolest Twitter apps around!

  • If your skills are rusty — check Chapter 2 for a quickie refresher course in Web application development

  • Exploring the ecosystem — explore the types of Twitter apps already available and the five categories of the Twitter ecosystem

  • The money thing — learn about Twitter's unusual financial environment and ways you can earn money from your apps

  • Build a Twitter Web app from the ground up — work with Twitter API libraries, choose a Web hosting provider, and set up a Web framework

  • Get the word out — discover ways to promote your apps and how to make your app business grow

Open the book and find:

  • Basics on using HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL

  • How to create and manage your developer account

  • Advice on choosing an idea for your app

  • An overview of Web apps, Twitter bots, mobile clients, and more

  • Twitter's two APIs

  • Different ways to monetize your app

  • Example code for every API method

  • Code for a complete app

Learnt to:

  • Turn your ideas into applications

  • Develop apps with a high chance of success

  • Find out what users are looking for

  • Make money from your apps

About the Author

Dusty Reagan launched a Web development company called Floating Head Studios in 2007. He developed the hugely popular Twitter app FriendOrFollow.com in 2008, and a few months later launched FeaturedUsers.com, a niche ad network centered around the Twitter ecosystem. Follow him on Twitter at @DustyReagan.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470568623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470568620
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,140,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book, recommended to anyone doing Twitter development. This book is saving me a lot of time, clearly covering all I need to know to write the Twitter application I have in mind. Great coverage of the Twitter API with lots of useful examples. I'm just getting started with web development, and this book has introductory chapters that were helpful.

The scope of the book was also more comprehensive than I expected, covering monetization (how to make money on your App), what makes Twitter popular and ten traits of a respectable Twitter developer.
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This book is *THE* book for anyone with an idea and the desire to put it into action. Regardless of skill level, this book takes you step-by-step and explains the tiniest details of twitter and tweets.

There's not a single aspect of Twitter omitted. This book explains how to use not only the twitter API, it also explains aspects of marketing your application and maintaining your application.

The code included is awesome. This book is a daily reference for me and should be yours, too!
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This book can be summarized in 5-10 page long tutorial. Instead, the author diverts from the topic, covering stuff like the Zend Framework, how to host your own website, how to tweet and other unnecessary BS.

It gives you some nice recipes on the Twitter API, but when it should actually delve into the topic, hopefully with some basic authentication style, it falls short and instead basically hands out a 10 page long incomprehensible code of the Twitter API implemented in the Zend Framework. So if you're not a ZF guy, you're screwed.

You can find all you need about the Twitter API on their website under "developers". Don't buy this crap.
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There is a lot of good info in this book regarding the Twitter API, but all of it is available online. The whole thing is implemented in basic authentication, which Twitter removed in August, so none of the examples will work as written. Since this was published in May, I am not sure if the author was lazy and didn't want to implement everything in oauth, or if this was a publishing decision. Either way, you have to do a lot of experimenting to get the examples to work with oauth. Even if you use oauth, the examples are coded in Zend Framework, which is known for its larger learning curve. Being a developer, I am not sure why he covers setting up hosting accounts, and like one review said all the extra fluff, I am sure this is more of a publishing decision. The book would be really thin if it didn't.

You can learn everything from this book in a lot less time, and a lot easier using something like Abraham's PHP library and some web tutorials. If you are not a PHP dev, this book wont help you.

There are a few things that peaked my interest, but nothing I couldn't have figured out with a little research.
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