Category Archives: Coding

Post to Twitter From a PHP Script: 2013 Edition

Back in 2009, I wrote a post on how to write a simple PHP script to call on the Twitter API and update your status. Despite its popularity, the information hasn’t been relevant in some time. (Things certainly have changed since then!) The Twitter API has changed a lot over the years, and it’s not so simple that you can get a newbie up and running with a few lines of code.

The mandatory usage of OAuth tokens, rather than a simple username and password combination, for API requests has greatly strengthened account security, but it’s one of the prime hurdles complicating the process. More recently, XML support was removed in favor of JSON, URL structures changed to include an API version, and authentication is now required for every request.

Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with the little details. You can use a library that does the heavy lifting for you, rather than reinventing the wheel. Sure, there are resources to learn how to do it the hard way, but I assume that you want a quicker solution if you’re reading this.

Step 1: Download tmhOAuth

Download the tmhOAuth library from GitHub. This package will handle interactions with the Twitter API once you include it from your script. (It requires at least PHP 5.1.2 and the cURL extension.)

Download tmhOAuth

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Manipulating Color Data with phpColors

phpColors is an interesting library that makes it easy to work with colors in PHP. It can determine whether a color is dark or light, as well as darken or lighten a color incrementally, as well as generate complementary colors. It has functions that…

Fixing Slow Hosts File Lookups in OS X Mountain Lion

Mac users with custom entries in their /etc/hosts files may have noticed that, under Mountain Lion at least, lookup times for local resources are incredibly slow. I routinely set up names that point to virtual hosts on my laptop so I can give projects…

Getting More From Twitter Bootstrap’s Typeahead Library

Twitter Bootstrap comes packaged with a simple auto-complete library that’s stylistically integrated into the CSS framework. It’s convenient, but not the most-documented part of Bootstrap. I was working on a hobby project recently, and I wanted to have an auto-completing search field, but it…

Proposed Secure Password Hashing API in PHP 5.5

PHP 5.5 will be gaining a simpler and more newbie-friendly way to securely hash passwords. As those who are active in the PHP community are all to well aware of, it is quite a trial to educate everyone on properly securing passwords in their…

Pandora Password Debacle

There’s a post going around on Google Plus that shows off a glaring security hole in the popular internet radio site Pandora. If you use FireBug (or the HTML inspection tool in your browser of choice), you can see that the Password field on…

6 Articles You Should Read Before Storing Users’ Passwords

It’s 2012 and there are still an awful lot of high-profile websites leaking users’ passwords. Someone manages to snatch the database table, and then they crack the passwords, which are more often than not encrypted with weak MD5 or SHA1 hashes. It’s not enough…and…


GitList: View Your Git Repositories on the Web

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could host your own private GitHub, for browsing your local repositories or remote ones you host on your own server? Well, there’s a new PHP application in town that lets you do exactly that. GitList, the self-described “elegant…


Try Git: Learn Git in 15 Minutes with an Interactive Tutorial

Want to learn about Git and GitHub? It can save you hours of frustration by versioning your code and making it very easy to roll it back to an early date, or even create temporary branches where you can make major changes, and only…

File Upload

Handling File Uploads with PHP

So you want to add a file uploader to your site. It’s quite easy to do with PHP, but first you must understand the inherent risks. You’re going to allow just anyone to take a file and put it on your server. That file…