Small coding victory with React Native and WordPress

I just launched a very early preview of my React Native app for my blog that uses WordPress and its REST API as a backend. Naturally, I’d like to know how much traffic the app drives to the blog. I monitor the stats for the website with the popular Jetpack plugin. I’ve seen referrals to links from Android apps before so I just assumed that WebViews embedded in native Android apps used the application ID as the referrer. I hadn’t seen any referrals from my own app so I was already open to the possibility that it might be something …

Facebook ties my hands again!

Facebook

One of the joys of being a programmer is being able to solve problems that cannot be solved any other way or at least would be difficult or impractical to solve. I had one such episode recently. I noticed that my friends count on Facebook had decreased. I had no idea who was missing but out of mere curiosity, I wanted to know. It’s not that losing friends on Facebook weighs heavily on me; I just like knowing things. So the first thing that comes to my mind is, “I’ll just build an app to track friends on Facebook”. So …