To kick off my 15 APIs in 15 Days challenge, let's check out the Twitter API, how to use it and what it has to offer. Their API allows you to access tweets, users who tweet, and metadata associated with tweets, as well as other actions like manipulating lists.
It's getting too cold to do anything productive outside, and I've got a week-long holiday break coming up soon, so I think it's time for a little personal challenge. How about 15 APIs in 15 days?
Ever had a solution staring you in the face and didn't even realize it? I have. It's always one of the obvious ones that (in hindsight) I can't believe didn't occur to me sooner.
I found this nifty little phone app that does a single thing and does it well. You can scan QR codes with it, and it decodes the information and generates several links - to amazon, ebay, target, etc - where you can find out more information about (and potentially purchase)
Who doesn't like a good picture over a thousand words? An infographic is just a pictorial representation of some data - a short, single-page, at-a-glance presentation. I figured I've done enough with Chrome extensions to try my hand at creating one. Check it out and let me know what you think!
No piece of code is written in isolation - the interdependencies are there and real. Think twice about features no one requested, because it could very well bite you right when it comes time to implement the features everyone knows they want!
Not long ago, someone asked me what it's like programming, to not have a physical product at the end of the day. It only becomes "real" for most people when there's something to show off, and even then it's not something you can hold. That's why I like pursuing other hobbies that engage the senses.
Time for a trip down memory lane! (run now..) My parents brought home their first computer back around 1992. I still remember it surpisingly vividly, considering it was 25 years ago. It was right around Christmas, and I think it was meant as a surprise for the whole family. I