I pulled my little app, “Let’s Go” out of the sandbox and it’s workin’.. or so it appears. If you feel like playing around with a little Facebook App, then go for it. Let me know of issues here or on the application page.
There was some chatter about using module based layouts with Zend_Layout on freenode, so I thought I’d explore the idea a bit more. There was this particular idea to use a plugin and a bit of application.ini/xml settings to configure it all. But I’m a bit old school with my Zend Framework apps.
I recently rewrote Hangman! (and also renamed it) For those who don’t know, Hangman! was my first Facebook app. I wrote it originally in June of 2007 and it silently lived on Facebook, deep deep within the depths of Application hell.
As part of my Hangman! application on Facebook, I plan on adding word definitions. Like any good word app, it should tell you what the word means. I’m not a big fan of sending off users to other sites when I don’t have to, so I looked into some dictionary APIs.
These APIs are hard to come by. Google has a pretty good one, but it’s not open. It’s not open because their third party data providers won’t allow it to be open. I still whipped up a little PHP love to use it, but I can’t actively use it on a public site because of their restrictions. So I had to find something else. All the big obvious players like dictionary.com and m-w.com have APIs that aren’t free or fun.
Then I found Wordnik. They have a sweet, sweet, young API that they were kind enough to give me access to. As soon as I whip up my own little library to interface with it in a happy efficient way, I’ll be adding definitions and other fun word-related things to Hangman!
It’s finally alive!
You can read Magaret’s announcement here.
What it is:
‘Moments Like Today’ is a collaborative project that aims to inspire people to post “moments” of their lives in three sections: mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
What I did:
While the concept and design came from Margaret and Myra, the functionality and everything back-end came from me. With some zend framework, some man-handling of APIs from Flickr and Vimeo and a little bit of jQuery fun, the end result (for now) is live.