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Cloning Internet Applications with Ruby

By : Chang Sau Sheong
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Cloning Internet Applications with Ruby

By: Chang Sau Sheong

Overview of this book

Most users on the Internet have a few favorite Internet web applications that they use often and cannot do without. These popular applications often provide essential services that we need even while we don’t fully understand its features or how they work. Ruby empowers you to develop your own clones of such applications without much ordeal. Learning how these sites work and describing how they can be implemented enables you to move to the next step of customizing them and enabling your own version of these services.This book shows the reader how to clone some of the Internet's most popular applications in Ruby by first identifying their main features, and then showing example Ruby code to replicate this functionality.While we understand that it connects us to our friends and people we want to meet up with, what is the common feature of a social network that makes it a social network? And how do these features work? This book is the answer to all these questions. It will provide a step-by-step explanation on how the application is designed and coded, and then how it is deployed to the Heroku cloud platform. This book’s main purpose is to break up popular Internet services such as TinyURL, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook to understand what makes it tick. Then using Ruby, the book describes how a minimal set of features for these sites can be modeled, built, and deployed on the Internet.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Main features

As in the previous chapter, before we jump into designing the clone, let's look at the main features of a microblog. An open standard called OpenMicroBlogging exists but it is not widely adopted. In a market dominated by a single powerful player it is often difficult to introduce an open standard that allows interoperability, unless the dominant player is the one that came up with it.

In this chapter we will be discussing some of the main features common to many microblogs. As before, the main features represent the features that define a microblog. Inevitably the features are mostly Twitter features.

  • Allow users to post status updates (known as 'tweets' in Twitter) to the public.

  • Allow users to follow and unfollow other users. Users can follow any other user but it is not reciprocal.

  • Allow users to send public messages directed to particular users using the @ replies convention (in Twitter this is known as mentions).

  • Allow users to send direct messages to other users, messages...