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vurl.me

A simple URL-shortening app that was live-coded during Jax Code Camp 2007 as part of my Distributed, Rapid Application Development with git and Ruby On Rails talk.

API Access

Use VURL as your custom URL shortening service in clients like Tweetie. You can submit an html or a json request to the service.

http://vurl.me/shorten?url=http://mycrazylongurlthat/desperately/needs/shortening

will return a plain text response with the shortened url:

http://vurl.me/OMG

Or use json:

http://vurl.me/shorten.json?url=http://mycrazylongurlthat/desperately/needs/shortening

will return a json response with the shortened url:

{:shortUrl => 'http://vurl.me/OMG'}

Optionally, include an api token to associate the new vurl with your user account:

http://vurl.me/shorten?url=http://google.com/&api_token=a56fc453

Tracker

You can view development efforts by visiting Vurl's Tracker project at www.pivotaltracker.com/projects/12552

Development requirements

The screenshot code requires the wkthmltoimage executable. You can find more information at the Google Code page (vurl.me/TLA). If you don't have wkhtmltoimage the site will work normally, but you won't have any screenshots generated.

Screenshots and metadata are fetched out of process - you'll need redis and resque running to process those. After installing redis, you can start it with the following command:

redis-server /usr/local/etc/redis.conf

… and run resque via the rake task:

rake environment resque:work

Apostles of Veezus and His URL Shortener (or, Credits)

  • Credit for the original design goes to Alex Daskalov (@andpersand)

  • Tweetie endpoints graciously donated by Wes Gibbs (@wesgibbs / github: wgibbs)

  • Stats page and bug fixes supplied by Corey Haines (@coreyhaines / github: coreyhaines)

  • Initial implementation of twitter searching by Jim Remsik (@jremsikjr / github: bigtiger)

  • Bugfixes and conversion to bundler by Paul Elliott (@p_elliott / github: paulelliott)

  • Database indexes and performance tuning by Rafa Garcia (@leptom / github: rgo)

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