Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Introducing shelltwit

Some time ago I talked about a command line twitter client I was developing. Today I can proudly say it is finished… for now Smile
And I decided to upload the code to Codeplex GitHub for a few reasons. First of all it uses xAuth with .net with no extra library. Some may be asking “why would you want to do that if there are hundreds of libraries out there?”… well yeah but… no I don’t have an answer for that… I guess I just wanted to give it a try.
Also, while developing this tool I encountered some problems that some people does not ever find, specially people from English speaking countries. The problem appears when you want to twit say… “Peñarol Campeón!”. It took me a little while to discover the right encoding and as I said before, there’s not much written about it. (For more info take a look here)
And finally I wanted to share the code in case some soul out there wanted to give me a hand with the rest of the API. So far this tool only updates the status, but I’m also building a library (cleverly called shelltwitlib) where I’m intending to add every twitter API method.
As a bonus, if you use the shelltwitlib (since it works with xAuth) you’ll be able to have your tool displayed on your status like in the picture shown below.
Want more? integration is also available Smile


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