Getting twitter feed running for Blogofile

September 28, 2010 at 07:21 PM | categories: Website, Programming | View Comments

A small part to making it match

Wordpress has plugins, lots and lots of plugins. In my conversion from it to blogofile I wanted to make it match my old site as closely as I could. Having a twitter feed of my latest tweets was something I'd have to get on the site.


I though I might make a python api call and then pipe that into my sidebar. This worked. But it sucked because I'd have to rebuild the page every tweet. I don't mind static content for my posts and navigation and the like. That's just good caching I feel.

Tweets though are a constantly, or would be for anyone else but me, updating service.

In comes the JavaScript

So in looking for simple things to give me a twitter feed I found Remy Sharp's site and his directions on how to put a javascript based feed into a site.

It was simple as could be, and I had a base, but hard coded feed up an running in short order.

Making it better for blogofile users

Part of open source is giving back. Something I really want to do more of, and I feel am getting into the swing of it a bit more. But that's whatever, I found the useful and perfect plugin, and got it working in blogofile without much trouble.

I now started thinking about how others might like to use this and would not really want to hard code it too much. So I made it into a controller, and configurable by the file. I made it kinda simple, but a bit overkilled with the folder and an, but I was aiming for it to be more work.


import logging

from blogofile.cache import bf

config = {
    "name": "Twitter",
    "description": "Makes a sidebar widget for twitter",
    "priority": 70.0,

def run():
    tweets = bf.config.controllers.tweets
    tweets.logger = logging.getLogger(config['name'])

After making it a controller then we're able to put in config vars and set them as we want. Which makes it nice for me later i want to change some things, since all configs are in this one file.

### Twitter Settings ###
controllers.tweets.enabled = True
tweets = controllers.tweets
tweets.username = "morganiangoose"
tweets.count = 3
tweets.enable_links = 'true'
tweets.ignore_replies = 'false'
tweets.template = ('<li><div class="item">%text% <a href="http://twitter.c'

I then threw this, which is pretty much directly from remy's directions with mako var, into my sidebar template.


<div class="sidebar_item">
    <script src=""
    <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8">
        getTwitters('tweet', {
            id: '${bf.config.tweets.username}',
            count: ${bf.config.tweets.count},
            enableLinks: ${bf.config.tweets.enable_links},
            ignoreReplies: ${bf.config.tweets.ignore_replies},
            clearContents: true,
            template: '${bf.config.tweets.template}',
    <div id="tweet">
<br />

Now when I compile the site it'll just throw all this into the sidebar, which will load up my twitter feed as I described in the template. And I won't have to have a twitter trigger or the like for updating my blog, which is I feel the best of both worlds.

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