Join Joseph Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Monitoring national weather, part of Up and Running with Cloud Service APIs.
…Many different varieties of apps need up-to-the-minute weather details in a…specified location and, most importantly, the information has to be reliable.…The U.S. Government runs a very…comprehensive meteorological operation with full forecasting capabilities.…And, lucky for app builders, you can pull a ton of…relevant details from their servers with just a little bit of know-how.…To get started incorporating weather details…into your app, go to graphical.weather.gov/xml/rest.php.…
Unlike almost every other API covered in this course, you don't have…to register as a developer and there is no API key necessary.…It's a straightforward HTTP rest interface which you can address directly.…The basic URL to use for your request is shown here on the screen.…Right at the very end, you'll see ndfdXMLclient.php.…Ndfd is the abbreviation for the National Digital Forecast Database.…So, I'm going to copy this url, and then go…to my browser, open a new tab, and paste it in.…
Now, if we leave it as it is, we won't really get a valid response back.…
First, there are the popular Google cloud services and device-specific APIs for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Then there are APIs to connect to followers on platforms like Facebook and Twitter and even pull images from Flickr. For some really interesting data, Joe shows how to access corporate APIs from companies like Citrix and General Motors. (Imagine getting vehicle data straight from GM.) Last, he shows how to leverage public sector APIs and mine data from the national census, weather bureaus, and even federal job boards. Learn how to make your web projects stand out with cloud services.
- Working with Google Cloud APIs
- Connecting to mobile devices via APIs
- Interfacing with Facebook and managing a Twitter feed
- Utilizing the Google infrastructure in your own apps
- Working with the General Motors API
- Understanding public sector APIs