I decided it was time to learn a programming language that I could use for virtual environment management and orchestration. There are several that would have worked, PowerShell, Bash, Ruby, but I chose python. I prefer Object based programming and the vast library that the python community has built. There are already builds such as pysphere and pyVim that make the time to functional much shorter.
I am still studying and learning in no way do I understand everything about python. I started using CodeAcademy.com to get some of the basics. One of my colleagues turned me onto Learn Python the Hard Way so I built some different projects. Easy stuff like Text based games or query calls. The same colleague then turned me onto writing a widget that called a web based API and returned a search function. The API to call was twitter, I initially did a google search and looked at some code snippets.
What I found was this easy enough but the problem was I didn’t like the way it returned only the search result that was hard coded into the widget. What if I wanted to embed this at some point and would need the user to be able to actually enter data. I kept thinking of vbs and tried to pass a variable for term, but the twitter api has limited functionality.
So here is what I tried first