Retrieves all friends information with Twitter gem

This might be trivial but since I do not find an example on the Github page, I would like to give a sample implementation.

# Public: Retrieves Twitter User IDs for the followers.
# Returns Array of Twitter User IDs.
def get_follower_ids
  follower_ids = []
  next_cursor = -1
  while next_cursor != 0
    cursor = client.follower_ids(:cursor => next_cursor)
    follower_ids.concat cursor.collection
    next_cursor = cursor.next_cursor

# Public: Retrieves Twitter Users the user is following.
# Returns Array of Twitter::User.
def get_friends
  friends = []
  get_friend_ids.each_slice(100) do |ids|
    friends.concat client.users(ids)

This example shows you how to use Twitter::Cursor and with Twitter API, you can only get 100 user information at a time (that’s why I have each_slice(100) ).

Click here to find out more about Twitter gem.


Remember me, devise, and omniauth

This is how you do remember_me with Devise and Omniauthable, this is the OmniauthCallbacksController in one of my apps:

class OmniauthCallbacksController < Devise::OmniauthCallbacksController
  def facebook

  def twitter

  def auth(provider)
    auth_hash = request.env['omniauth.auth']
    @user = User.find_for_omniauth(provider, auth_hash, current_user)

    if @user.persisted?
      flash[:notice] = I18n.t "devise.omniauth_callbacks.success", :kind => provider
      @user.remember_me = true
      sign_in_and_redirect @user, :event => :authentication
      session['devise.omniauth'] = auth_hash.except('extra')
      redirect_to new_user_registration_url

Ruby and Mountain Lion


This weekend I was trying to do a fresh install of Mountain Lion. This link provides you instructions on how to create a bootable Mountain Lion install disk. If you are going to burn a DVD, you need to make sure you use DVD-DL as normal Mountain Lion won’t fit in the 4.3G DVD.

I use RVM so I installed Xcode and the Command Line Tools. Installing Ruby 1.9.3 with RVM works fine but when I tried to install Ruby 1.8.7, I got:

The autodetected CC(/usr/bin/gcc-4.2) is LLVM based, it is not yet fully supported by ruby and gems, please read `rvm requirements`, and set CC=/path/to/gcc .

The problem is that we need a non-LLVM based gcc compiler. After spending half an hour googling, there are tons of solutions but I found using this homebrew package is easiest:

brew install

You need to install homebrew if you haven’t. I highly recommend you install homebrew as it just makes installing Unix tools so much easier.

The next thing you need to install is XQuartz as X11 is no longer shipped with Mac OS X, so download XQuartz, and run the following to install Ruby 1.8.7:

export CPPFLAGS=-I/opt/X11/include
rvm install 1.8.7


Bonus: MySQL gem 2.8.1

Installing MySQL 2.8.1 gem is just like what you did in Lion, after installing MySQL (I use the 64-bit DMG from MySQL download page), run:

export DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH="/usr/local/mysql/lib:$DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH"
env ARCHFLAGS="-arch x86_64" gem install mysql -v='2.8.1' -- --with-mysql-dir=/usr/local/mysql --with-mysql-lib=/usr/local/mysql/lib --with-mysql-include=/usr/local/mysql/include --with-mysql-config=/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql_config