Twitter API Engagement Programming with PHP and MySQL (Adam Green's Guide to the Twitter API) Paperback – September 1, 2013
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The book seems like a lot of content but there are pages of codes, which are not meaningful to learning the knowledge (nor is it good for copying and pasting the text, we can do that with git download these days).
It was clear that this was a person that understood Twitter both from a marketing perspective and a programmatic one. This is not something I can say about many people. Actually beyond Adam I am drawing a blank right now.
Most technologists struggle to think like a marketer and most marketers obviously are not programmers.
I had high expectations, maybe too high even...but Adam completely gave me more than I expected in every way.
So why should I buy this book? Like I said before…people like Adam are incredibly rare; using the Twitter API is core to my business, and this book is a bit like getting some free consulting time out of him.
I don't necessarily need help in building any more Twitter apps, as what I have now in place is working beautifully. But already I have picked up a few things that I could be doing better with my usage of Twitter.
If you are thinking about building out your own apps using the Twitter API – obviously this book is a no-brainer.
But if you are interested in Twitter marketing in general, there is some great value here as well.
I admit that I'm a beginner of PHP and MySQL database and twitter api and the author said we could modify his code, however I still hope the book can be more newbie friendly. At least it should have database error checking by itself.
Really enjoyed that book. Thanks.
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However, it is not for the faint-hearted: Some knowledge of PHP and MySQL is required. The best? All the code is available, well explained and if you read the book you're ready to go. If you know at least the basics of PHP and MySQL, you can even start modifying the code. A great resource.
What I did not like so much is that it is written like a coding manual. Good for techies, but people that are not familiar with PHP and MySQL will easily get lost. The book could have been a little more didactic. But what really annoyed me was that despite the fact that it uses UTF-8, special characters such as accented letters were stored incorrectly in the database and the tweets did not represent these properly. I assume that in the U.S. it's not such a big problem, but it certainly is if you use this book to tweet in a different language which has special characters. Going through the code and using the PHP UTF conversion mechanisms solved the issue.
This problem is the only reason why I would not give it five stars. However, the fact that the author responded immediately when I wrote him is sufficient reason to waive this problem and give him the five stars that this book otherwise deserves. I sent him the solution to the problem, and I hope he will incorporate it into his book, so that other international readers do not have to encounter the same challenge.
But aside this small hitch, the book is well worth its price.
I'm currently working on several interfaces and modifications to do it even more great than it is!
Thanks for this basis, Adam. 6 stars if available!