The twitter bot I’ve been developing has evolved to include re-tweets. In accordance with the Twitter automation rules it’s an intelligent re-tweet system so that it adds value to the automated feed and I’m outlining some of the rules I used in writing the code.
I thought about just amending this to each of the posts in this series but I think it’s an important enough topic to cover on it’s own. Twitter has rules and even though *everyone else* doesn’t follow then **you should**. Now their listed rules of the road are subject to some interpretation but if you… Read More
The first twitter bot I created for a site was an ugly critter. It consisted of ~30 pre-constructed tweets that the cronjob would randomly go through. Some messages were double posted, some were too similar and it was just terrible. I didn’t track numbers but I’m wiling to bet I lost a lot of REAL… Read More
Automated tweets are the worst, right? What about intelligently automated tweets with a splash of randomness, some spinning as well as name and link dropping? You with me now? Let’s take a ride through a bit of back story. Looking for Code? If you are just looking for code you are in the wrong place.… Read More
One of the most important methods I’ve found in CodeIgnitor is the _remap() method. When you use it within a controller it hiijacks all other methods and does your bidding. This is great when you have a controller Article.php and you want the 2nd value in your urls to be the ID number or a… Read More
I was working on a project a while back using CodeIgnitor and had a kind-of unusual case where I was developing two completely identical controllers and I needed to streamline the way I updated them. I hated adding changes line by line so I looked into using helpers, models or libraries. After some research, tearing… Read More
Writing text directly into images using PHP and the built in GD library is really easy, even using a custom TTF file for the font doesn’t complicate anything too bad!