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TweetBytes is now @Tweet

@tweetbytes is now @tweet, thanks to txtWeb’s recognition of the popularity of the app amongst txtWeb users.

Now that it got a snappier keyword, what does it mean for the current users? Simply put, it just got better, and easier to access. Existing users of @tweetbytes needn’t do anything to access the application through the new keyword. It is a seamless migration and existing users can start tweeting through @tweet right away.

While the keyword has changed, I’ve however planned to retain the application name. Also, the application will be accessible through both @tweetbytes and @tweet, until a while at least.

Tweet away. :)

Earlier Post: Launching Tweebytes

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My First WordPress Plugin

With great delight, I have contributed my first official piece of code to the WordPress repository!

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stack-overflow-activity-feed-widget/

I was always eager to be a part of the WordPress community, for WordPress is something that I have heavily used for almost a couple of years now, and is something that I am very passionate about. A lot of websites, experiments, hacks, and a lot of fun. It has been a training ground for me to learn PHP, and web development.

And finally, there is something official, in the form of a simple plugin, but this, I believe is only a start to what I think I could be doing for the community.

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Exploits of a Mom

Found this on xkcd. :D. Definitely worth sharing.

Exploits of a Mom

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Google and Special Characters

It must not be one programmer’s frustration that Google does not consider special characters in its search field to return results. Now if I can’t search for resources on what is the difference between @ and \@ in Perl when assigning arrays, where else am I to head to?

“What is the difference between an ocean and a sea?” That is absolutely what I wanted.

Google Search Result

Edit: Thanks to Carl’s comment. You can check out the results for the same from SymbolHound here.

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Amazon

I write now, at the milestone of my first code being pushed into the Amazon production servers, reflecting across a million Kindle devices. Just a few lines of code. But such an amazing feeling.

Working for a company that I believe has one of the best build systems ever, you wouldn’t imagine the pace at which development happens, and how soon you actually impact customers, and the company.

I really look forward to do the great work that people around me do.

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A Good Year

It was. :). I’ll remember you, 2012.

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Fixing The Twitter Widget

Twitter has been giving too much problems to a lot of people lately, ever since they updated their API to v1.1 making their Developer Rules of the Road more stringent. While it did affect developers in specific, with quite a number of them having to update their existing applications to stay consistent with the API guidelines, a lot of innocent bloggers were also affected by the new API, to suddenly see their Twitter widgets stop working.

Well I have a Twitter widget on my site too, and it for months has been just dead. But not anymore. There is a simple fix which if you haven’t done yet will bring it back alive.

Regardless of what platform you were on, you basically need to find this piece of code in the widget:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/'.$account.'.json?callback=twitterCallback2&amp;count='.$show.'"></script>

And replace it with this:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline/'.$account.'.json?callback=twitterCallback2&amp;count='.$show.'"></script>

And you’re done!

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Open Sourcing WordPress on SMS

How would it be if you could blog through your phone? Even without the Internet?

Well now you can, using #WordPress. Honestly, the application should be in its beta stage, but I have versioned it as 1.0. :D. And yes, it is open sourced here. Finally some piece of code that I decided to open source without worrying much over how people would evaluate me after reading through it.

You’re welcome to get in touch with me if you would like to suggest any changes in its features. Or the code. :)

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Code Ninja


Apparently Amazon hires only ‘Code Ninjas‘. And so, I am one! ;-)

Here, you integer, take this! Hoo! Hah! :D

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Surprising Milestone

To know that there are football fans out there in a cricket obsessed country like India is very heartening. My @Euro app for Euro 2012 published on txtWeb got 28000+ hits over a period of about 25 days.


Now put it front of any application that delivers cricket scores, and it would get absolutely dwarfed. But never the less, this was quite surprising.

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