Django Tutorial - Video 13 - Twitter API

This tutorial covers instantiating an instance of the Python-Twitter api, Authenticating to Twitter, and how to get and post tweets from the Twitter Api.

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from django.shortcuts import render_to_response
from django.template import RequestContext
from pages.models import HomePage

def MainHomePage(request):
        homepage = HomePage.objects.get(pk=1)
        context = {'homepage': homepage, 'tweets': getTweets()}
        return render_to_response('index.html', context, context_instance=RequestContext(request))

''' INTERNAL FUNCTION - not called from a URL '''
def getTweets():
        tweets = []
                import twitter
                api = twitter.Api()
                latest = api.GetUserTimeline('HackedExistence')
                for tweet in latest:
                        status = tweet.text
                        tweet_date = tweet.relative_created_at
                        tweets.append({'status': status, 'date': tweet_date})
                tweets.append({'status': 'Follow us @HackedExistence', 'date': 'about 10 minutes ago'})
        return {'tweets': tweets}


{% extends "base.html" %}
{% block content %}
        <div id="home_copy">
                {{ homepage.homecopy|safe }}
        <a href="/beers/">View the Beers List!</a>
        <ul id="home_tweets">
                {% for tweet in tweets.tweets %}
                <li class="tweettext">{{ tweet.status }}</li>
                <li class="tweettime">{{ }}</li>
                {% endfor %}
{% endblock %}