Reclaim Hosting has a great status page that alerts you when stuff is not working correctly. We had a brief outage this morning and I just thought it’d be nice to see if we could proactively send out a message based on that status page but only for things relevant to our server.
I asked Tim (as you can see in the tweets below) and ended up with an API that happily spit out a JSON feed.
— Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) February 24, 2016
Based on my recent experiments with JSON and Google Scripts I didn’t think it’d be too hard to write something to send out Tweets based on that feed. I found this snippet that dealt with the authorization portion for Twitter.1
Once I had the JSON parsed and assigned to variables, all I had to do was set it to check every 5 minutes. Now we can hook it up to the ALTLab account if we’d like, have it notify various people, etc. etc. Fun stuff . . . all done during lunch.
The following script will check a JSON feed and send a Tweet out from my account letting @vcualtlab know we should check on one of our servers that’s on Reclaim Hosting.
1 It does seem to be missing one piece ( var twit = new Twitter.OAuth(props); ) but he doesn’t have comments turned on . . .