This is more like a wish list than an actual set of directions, and it
reflects how much the world has moved since I first signed up for a
aadl-amazon-linky and superpatron. Both of these are interfaces
to the Ann Arbor District Library catalog, which has a very accessible
programming interface with things like RSS feeds for catalog searches.
I’d like to go back and revisit two parts of this. One was a Greasemonkey
plugin to put library results in Amazon; that should be a Chrome plugin.
The second was a “wall of books” report displaying an RSS query as a
page full of book cover images. Of the two, the second looks easiest to
recreate; I just checked in some new code, wall by keyword, which does
vielmetti-shelltools. This is a small collection of shell scripts
that I carry around with me and put on whatever system I happen to be
working on. It would be worthwhile to go back through and compare
what I used then with what I use now and refresh the collection.
postcard. This was a hopeful project to use various web-to-postcard
APIs to generate custom postcards on the fly from the command line. Alas,
several of those APIs have disappeared. The real action in this market is
sending a real postcard from your iPhone or Android phone, with products
like Postagram leading the way. The other neat feature is to go to a drugstore
and make an instant print, then stick a stamp on the back and mail it.
(Steve Cisler taught me that trick.)
twitter-mutual-friends. Once upon a time, the Twitter API was so
simple that you could write a useful application in four lines of shell
script. Now the API has improved itself, and it’s gotten a lot more
complicated. Look at simple apps like latest_tweets by gianu to
get an idea of what you’re up against now.
mobile. Again, once upon a time, I had a Blackberry phone which
had the world’s worst usable web browser. Fortunately there were enough
web sites that had a minimalist presentation that I was able to put
together a directory of workable sites, which I used for quite a while.
Now I have an Android phone that runs Chrome as well as apps and I don’t
need the list of sites quite so much; still, it’s worthwhile to have
a place to collect them when I find them.
So when it’s time to write some code here are some ideas for where
to start again!