New Course: Using Twitter with Ruby

by Satish Talim on March 13, 2009

Using Twitter with Ruby

Michael Morin of a part of The New York Times Company, is the creator of a brand new free course “Using Twitter with Ruby“, that starts 18th April 2009 at

What’s Twitter?

What's Twitter

Twitter is a popular micro-blogging website. Instead of using this blogging service to write long, in-depth articles, Twitter users (or “Tweeple”) post single-sentence updates at a time. Twitter isn’t used as formally as many other blogs, but rather to pass small pieces of information, links, thoughts or comments to your friends. Also, instead of people having to visit your Twitter page to check your updates, they instead visit a page that contains the updates of everyone they’re following, allowing them to keep up with everyone with the minimum of effort.

It’s easy to Twitter-face with Ruby!

What Will I Learn?

The broad topics are:

  • What’s Twitter?
    • Some Twitter concepts
    • A brief look at REST
    • Twitter API
  • What’s cURL?
    • Downloading and Installing cURL
    • Using cURL
    • cURL and the Twitter API
  • Parsing Twitter XML
    • What’s Hpricot?
    • Net::HTTP
    • Examples and Exercises
  • Using Ruby for Twitter
    • Examples and Exercises

You can also read through the RubyLearning FAQ.


Who’s It For?

Programmers with some background in Core Ruby.

Looking for Sponsors is looking for 3 course sponsors with 180×180 banners to be hosted on the course site. For details email at


The course starts on 18th Apr. 2009 and runs for a week. You first need to register on the site and then enroll into the course. Use Enrollment key: UTWR101. On registration, you can download the “Using Twitter with Ruby” eBook.

So hurry, registrations have started.

By the end of the course, you should be writing Twitter clients that both follow your friends and post tweets.

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Posted by Satish Talim

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Willian Molinari March 16, 2009 at 11:37 pm


Cool! It will be very interesting! =)


Willian Molinari


Evans April 13, 2009 at 9:50 pm

As a Java Developer, there’s no better way to get into Ruby than to dive in and start swimming. I shall be joining you lots for the class.

Thanks for this.


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