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Twitter Application Development For Dummies 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
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
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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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!
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.
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.
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.