phantom phantom - 4 months ago 8x
JSON Question

GET request to JSON file after PHP file is finished running

I am calling a php file from an angular front end.

The php file checks for tweets every ten minutes, and after this time updates a json file which is then called from angular. I have an angular factory with 2 methods. The first method, called

makes a
request to the php file which then makes a GET request to Twitter and returns tweets. These are then written to a JSON file. The second method
makes a GET request to this JSON file and displays the data on the front end.

My question is how should I call these methods in my controller. I feel I should use a promise, and say something like, until the first method (updateTwitter()
) has finished don't run
fecthTwitter()`. Is this the correct approach, and if so , how should I write this?

My code looks like this.


// Twitter OAuth Config options
$oauth_access_token = '*****';
$oauth_access_token_secret = '*****';
$consumer_key = '*****';
$consumer_secret = '*****';
$user_id = '*****';
$screen_name = 'StackOverflow';
$count = 5;
$twitter_url = 'statuses/user_timeline.json';
$twitter_url .= '?user_id=' . $user_id;
$twitter_url .= '&screen_name=' . $screen_name;
$twitter_url .= '&count=' . $count;
// Create a Twitter Proxy object from our twitter_proxy.php class
$twitter_proxy = new TwitterProxy(
$oauth_access_token, // 'Access token' on
$oauth_access_token_secret, // 'Access token secret' on
$consumer_key, // 'API key' on
$consumer_secret, // 'API secret' on
$user_id, // User id (
$screen_name, // Twitter handle
$count // The number of tweets to pull out

function checkForUpdates($twitter_proxy, $twitter_url) {
$tweets = $twitter_proxy->get($twitter_url);
$data = array ('twitter_result' => $tweets, 'timestamp' => time());
file_put_contents('twitter_result.json', json_encode($data));

//check if the file exists
if(!file_exists('twitter_result.json')) {
//Invoke the get method to retrieve results via a cURL request
//and create a file with timestamp containing tweets
checkForUpdates($twitter_proxy, $twitter_url);

}else {
//if file exists check it has not been updated in 10 minutes
//if not update the tweets and timestamp
$data = json_decode(file_get_contents('twitter_result.json'));
if ($data->{"timestamp"} > (time() - 10 * 60)) {
checkForUpdates($twitter_proxy, $twitter_url);

Angular code


//factory used to make GET request to Instagram
app.factory('socialMedia', ['$http', function($http){
return {

updateTwitter: function() {
return $http({
url: 'get_tweets.php',
method: 'GET'
fetchTwitter: function() {
return $http({
url: 'twitter_result.json',
method: 'GET'


app.controller("testCtrl", ["$routeParams", "socialMedia", function ($routeParams, socialMedia) {

testCtrl = this;
this.twitterPosts = [];


var result = JSON.parse(data.twitter_result);
for(var i = 0; i < result.length; i++){
.error(function () {
testCtrl.loading = false;
testCtrl.error = true;


Since the $http.get method returns the promise you can easily chain your calls like this:

.then(function() {

Also note, according to the $http documentation:

The $http legacy promise methods success and error have been deprecated. Use the standard then method instead