A bot that tweets new DEV articles about Vue

Daniel Elkington on March 03, 2019

So I love VueJS. And I love dev.to articles about Vue. And I don't want to miss any. I could just keep constantly refreshing the #vue tag on dev.to... [Read Full]
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As we expand our Twitter distribution we could definitely make use of some of this automation and community involvement would be pretty great. Just getting this on your radar.


Should probably point out that this implementation is quite fragile - if dev.to at some stage added an API interface it would make this sort of thing much more robust than the current scraping solution😉


Duly noted. We have some endpoints


But they’re pretty scattered. We’ll have more order to the madness in the near future.


Loved it. Awesome article. I’ve used puppeteer for automations like this before but it’s usually an overkill. I’ll try to replicate this by building a bot for React :) Thank you for the article.


Thanks for the kind words; all the best with your bot!


Bot up and running on azure as well. The twitter profile is twitter.com/TheReactDev. I'll wrap it up tomorrow and put the code on GitHub. This stuff is fun!

One thing to note is that checking the extended_url didn't worked for me. Sometimes the twitter api handles me a twitter.com link instead of a dev.to link. Any ideas on why?

Do you mean the expanded_url in tweet.entities.urls? I didn't have this problem 🤔. If you get stuck feel free to put your code on GitHub and I'm happy to take a look!

@frontendwizard Just saw your React bot - it looks great! Especially like how you turned the dev.to tags into Twitter hashtags. Great work.

Thanks. Yeah, I mean the tweet.entities.urls. For some posts it does not return the dev.to url but instead returns a twitter.com link to the own link. I ended up fetching the tweets on extended mode and checking the title + author on the full_text. Not great but, it works.

I found the problem. You have to ask for the tweets with tweet_mode: "extended" on the statuses/user_timeline endpoint, otherwise you don't always get the posted url. Might be a quirk of the twitter API, I'm not sure about it. Was writing about this when I finally understood the behavior. That's why writing about what you're doing is so important! 😄


Great job not just on the idea, but bringing it to life! Proof its working:


An RSS feed! An RSS feed! My kingdom for an RSS feed!

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