Now this is fun: Send a tweet to @bbcmicrobot with some BASIC code and it will run it on a 1980s 8-bit computer emulation for you, replying with the result (as a video)

Deploy your BASIC code to our 6502 data center in just one tweet. Welcome to 8-bit cloud

10 MODE 2
40 GOTO 20

It’s crazy to see what people have been doing with it:

Those minification skills of some remind me JS1K πŸ˜…

BBC Micro Bot →

OreillyCover Twitter Bot

In succession to those hilarious The Practical Developer Book Covers, the Twitter bot @OreillyCover has been created by @GNUmanth. It allows you to roll your own book covers by just tweeting at it.

Feed the bot tweets using the following format:

@OreillyCover /orly {title};{topText};{author}

Tweeting @OreillyCover /orly Hanging out on Slack;Being unproductive without feeling guilty about it;SlackHQ for example yields this:


The animals and colors used are randomized per request.

I wonder what the technology stack behind it is. Also: slash command? Where’s that Slack bot implementation?

UPDATE 2016.04.25: The source code of the bot is available on GitHub. It’s a Node script running a Twitter client that listens for tweets and passes on the hard work to a cover generator running on Heroku.

Although the cover bot points to URLs starting with…, the cover generator itself can actually be found over at A Slack integration is provided, and the images (40) + colors (16) can also be customised. The source of the cover generator – written in Python by @AModelEngineer – can also be found over at GitHub.