Welcome back! If you’ve been following along our entire series of tutorials on building sites with Django, you’ll (by now) have built a blog website with date-based archives and some nice extras such as tagging and Markdown support.
Along the way, we also ported our app over to the new Newforms Admin version of Django so that we’ll be all ready to go when Django hits version 1.0. If you haven’t done that yet, be sure to do it before we continue.
However, what we’ve created is not much different than what one could do with WordPress or another out-of-the-box blogging tool. That’s OK for a learning project. But now we’re getting close to being experts, we are going to explore some territory beyond what we can do with pre-built tools.
Let’s build something a little more advanced. Let’s build a microblog.
The scripting language Python is named after the Monty Python British Comedy series, although the language takes after its reptilian namesake as well — it’s simple by design, yet flexible and powerful. It can’t exactly swallow large rodents whole, but it can be used for a wide variety of applications. Whether you need to automate some part of you desktop workflow, create a website or build a full-fledged desktop application, Python is a strong candidate for the job.
The microblogging site with the funny name is one of the hottest web services around.
Twitter is one of those websites with very little room for functional nuance. Its limit of 140 characters per post forces users to be succinct, something that makes many people feel over-constrained and leads them to view the service as too simple to actually be useful. Others see unbridled freedom inside such a unique limitation and embrace it like a poetic device. The lesson: You either get Twitter or you don’t.
Regardless of how you feel about it, if you’re looking to try out an API for the first time, Twitter is a great place to start.