Developer.com has a new tutorial about merging two popular pieces of technology, the Zend Framework and Twitter, in a Zend Framework-based application. The key to it all? The Zend_Service_Twitter component!
What if you wanted to create your own client, or integrate your Twitter stream into your blog or website? Indeed, if your main goal in starting a Twitter account is to post messages regarding a specific product, service, or organization, it might be most convenient to integrate an update mechanism into your existing content management system.
You'll already need to be a little bit familiar with setting up Zend Framework applications to follow along exactly, but they give you a good idea of what you'll need to do outside a framework app too. They load up the Zend_Service_Twitter component, load in the config and makes a call to get the user timeline. The results of this are passed out to a view and looped through to drop them into a table. Check out this image for an example of how it would look.