Matt Gifford aka coldfumonkeh | Consultant Developer
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HTML5 Giveaway Winners

Oct 18, 2010

Last week, I held a competition for four lucky people to win a copy of the awesome book "Introducing HTML5".

I have to say that the response was phenomenal, and my Twitter mention column was getting a beating with replies and posts from everyone entering the competition. A massive thank you to everyone who did enter.

The results were drawn this morning, completely randomly from the list of all entrants using the #HTML5Giveaway hashtag, and you can see the results in the video below.

To make things a little more fun, the results were obtained by storing all entries into a local web SQL database and selecting the winners using a randomly generated number (based upon the current number of records within the database)..

yup, if you're going to hold a competition giving away an HTML5 book, the results SHOULD be drawn using some fancy HTML5 goodness (or that's my opinion at least) :)

[hdplay id=5 ]

So, a massive congratulations to the winners of the competition. I'll hit you all up on Twitter to get your details to send the books to you.

Here is the script used to create the database, populate the table with the original entrants, and randomly generate (and display) the winners.

<button value="Get Winner!"
		onclick="getWinner()">Get Winner!</button>

<div id="winner"></div>

<h2>And the winners are...</h2>
<ul id="winnerList"></ul>

<div id="errorContent"></div>

var db;
var totalRecords;

 * Run onclick of the button, this function will generate
 * a random number and using that integer will select a record
 * from the entrants table (our winner.. good times).
 * We'll save that person into the winner table, display on the
 * screen to inform them of their victory, and then pass
 * the row ID to be deleted (to avoid a duplicate win)
function getWinner() {
	var randomTweet = Math.floor(Math.random()*totalRecords);

	db.transaction(function (tx) {
		tx.executeSql('SELECT * FROM entries WHERE (id = ?)',
						[randomTweet], function (tx, results) {
			for (var i = 0; i < results.rows.length; i++) {
				var row = results.rows.item(i);
				console.log("Winner[" + + "] = "
					+ row.screen_name);

				// Store the winners
				tx.executeSql('INSERT INTO winners ' +
					'(tweetid, screen_name, text) VALUES (?, ?, ?)',
					[, row.screen_name, row.text]);

				newWinner = '<h1>@'+ row.screen_name + '</h1><strong>' +
				'Congratulations, you are a winner!</strong>';

				document.getElementById('winner').innerHTML = newWinner;

				// Delete this winner from the entries table,
				// to avoid them being selected again
	// Display the winners in the list

/* Delete the selected record from the entries table,
 * as that person has won.
 * We do this to remove the possibility of picking them again.
function deleteByID(winnerID) {
	db.transaction(function (tx) {
		tx.executeSql('DELETE FROM entries WHERE (id = ?)',
			[winnerID], function (tx, results) {

/* Make the call to the Twitter search API
 * to obtain the search matches
 * */
function getTweets(page) {
  var script = document.createElement('script');
  script.src = '' +
  					page + '&q=HTML5Giveaway&callback=saveTweets';

/* The Twitter API callback function.
 * Once the data has been returned, we'll loop over each record
 * and insert it into the entries database table
 * to populate our competition entrants
function saveTweets(tweets) {
  tweets.results.forEach(function (tweet) {
    db.transaction(function (tx) {
      var time = (new Date(Date.parse(tweet.created_at))).getTime();
      tx.executeSql('INSERT INTO entries '+
	  	'(tweetid, screen_name, date, text) ' +
	  	'VALUES (?, ?, ?, ?)',
		[, tweet.from_user, time / 1000, tweet.text]);


/* We'll use this function to obtain the current number
 * of records within the entries table, which will be used
 * when creating our random number to select our winners
function getCurrentTotal() {
	db.transaction(function (tx) {
	    tx.executeSql('SELECT * FROM entries',
			function (tx, results) {
			totalRecords = results.rows.length;
			console.log("There are currently " + totalRecords +
						" entrants left");

function setupDatabase() {
	/* Prepare the return message to any users
	 * with an non-supported (crap) browser
	if (!window.openDatabase) {
	document.getElementById('errorContent').innerHTML =
			'<p>The Web SQL Database API is not available in this browser.' +
			'Get a better browser. One that, ya know... works.</p>';

  	// Create the database and run the transactions to build the tables.
	db = openDatabase('HTML5Giveaway_SQLAPI_',
						'db of tweets',
						2 * 1024 * 1024);

	db.transaction(function (tx) {

	// Create the table for all of our returned tweets to be added to.
	tx.executeSql('CREATE TABLE entries (id INTEGER NOT NULL '+
					' tweetid unique, screen_name, date integer, text)');

	// Create the winners table. Victory for all who end up here
	tx.executeSql('CREATE TABLE winners (id INTEGER NOT NULL '+
					' tweetid unique, screen_name, text)');
	// Run a quick loop to ensure we have ALL of the entries to select from
	for (var i = 1; i < 6; i++) {

// This function reads from the winners table, and outputs
// all rows into the ul list so we can see who has won!
function showWinnerList() {
	db.transaction(function (tx) {
		tx.executeSql('SELECT * FROM winners', [], function (tx, results) {
			var html = []
			for (var i=0; i < results.rows.length; i++) {
				html.push('<li>@' + results.rows.item(i).screen_name + '</li>');
			// Assign the created list items to the winnerList ul element
			document.getElementById('winnerList').innerHTML = html.join('');

// Run the initial call to set up the database

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