It’s a very satisfying thing to succeed at digging. While I am way way behind Tom Woodward in API wrangling, I’ve put them to use in projects- using the FLickr API for pechaflickr and 5 Card Stories. I also put the twitter API to use in the Daily _____ sites, e,g, the DS106 Daily Create. […]
Enough of the old fart nostalgia and facebook whinging posts, it’s time to get back to some coding. I wanted to flex some WordPress muscles, and thought I was biting off on a small, one night bit of updates to the Daily Blank WordPress Theme (a generic thing that runs the DS106 Daily Create site). […]
It’s been too long since I blogged some WordPress code. That sounds like some sort of confessional. “Forgive my Ma.tt, for I have sinned, it’s been 34 days since my last WordPress post…” And this is something I did maybe back in January, something Mariana Funes has asked for a while for her to use […]
Another part of my bag of tricks I brought to the UdG Agora was setting up a site modeled after the original DS106 Daily Create (which is itself a derivative of the defunct Daily Shoot). This idea is something I have kept close for quite some time, that establishing a regular creative practice done daily, […]
It’s a bit of a mind bend to calculate that it has been more than 9 years since I left my first “real” job — 14 years as an instructional technologist at the Maricopa Community Colleges. The real bend back to reality was the warm greetings I got today returning there for the 2015 Teaching […]
There is little like the satisfaction, no that is to tame a word, the exhilaration of solving a problem that you had never addressed before, or thought you could not […]
In a post on my approach to building The Daily site am not thinking I was wrong about being wrong… does that make me right? And in a process of […]
It’s been one of my long term dream plans to make a generalizable WordPress theme approach to the ds106 Daily Create so people (me included) could create news site to run daily challenges. One of the things I wanted to do differently was to make the way people contribute is via twitter, going back to […]
That’s meant to be blank like _________ like make your own site that operates like the DS106 Daily Create. I’ve been mumbling about it for like months, and sat down to start tinkering about a week ago.
I think most of the parts are in place, I’d say it is several Greek letters prior to “alpha”, and am writing now to check in as a progress to myself post. Much of what is left is cosmetic and structural layout, documentation, and much more testing.
The idea is that like the Assignment Bank Theme you can create a kind of site that generates any kind of Daily task, assignment, challenge. A Daily [fill in the blank]!
Unlike the The Daily Create, you do not have to respond by uploading and tagging to a specific social media site. Whatever you do as a response, you simply tweet to a specific twitter account the site owner creates, and include the link and a hashtag associated with the Daily _______.
This is what I saw as things to figure out, and what I got done last week:
- Set up an admin options page for details specific to your site. This was easy a copy of what I did for thr assignment bank theme.
- Figure Out How to Connect/Query a Twitter Account All new stuff, found a library/plugin for managing the authentication of the account, and a lot of play in using it to request tweets to a specific account. The other challenge is setting up a way for the site to automatically check twitter on a regular basis; it’s sort of working.
- Create a Content type to store the responses I wanted to a site to keep a local copy, not relying on twitter, so a custom content type is needed.
- Add extra features/settings to a normal post to make it into a Daily Blank item.
- Make some modifications to the WordPress dashboard, to better reflect the kind of content in the site.
- Whats Next? when can you use this?
I modified the home page template to display just the most recent item (like the Daily Create).
What follow is an excruciatingly long, code-filled post. I’m putting it below the fold, so if you are reading this in one of those antique RSS readers, you might have to click through to see it on my blog (which, I must say, is looking gorgeous in its new clothes).