This how-to is a walkthrough on implementing the Ruby wrapper for the Bit.ly API. Written by Nasir Jamal, the tutorial gives step by step instructions on installation, authorizing client classes, how to shorten URLs, and more, all using "url_shortener," a Bit.ly Ruby gem that is open source on GitHub.
Sometimes we forget what the real purpose of all this fancy technology is. And what is that? To make our real lives easier. Mashups often help with that, allowing us to do such simple things as find a good beer, our favorite music artists, where the streetcars are, or where a park is.
Messaging just got a lot more interesting to look at. Words say a lot, but a picture is worth a thousand of them; imagine the levels of communication that could be achieved using both. Doodle Republic is a messaging platform that provides the tools to create messages that include words and images. Basically, people chat by creating their own art and sending it to friends as a Chatoon. The Doodle Republic Chatoon API makes this functionality available to developers who may want to include it in other applications.