Join Joseph Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Visualizing census data, part of Up and Running with Cloud Service APIs.
…The US Census Bureau is one of the largest data gathering institutions in the…world, and its collected information is available…online for any savvy developer to use.…In this lesson, I'll show you just how to be among the savviest.…Home base for developers interested in…mining the Census data is census.gov/developers.…And the first stop on your tour should be to get an…API key, so I'll go to Request a Key, click that link.…Now, once you enter your information details and agree to the terms…of service, you'll be emailed a key along with an activation link.…
Click that link to complete the process.…And if successful, you'll be able to start accessing the API in about five minutes.…The Census API allows stateless HTTP GET requests with up to 50 variables.…Responses are provided in JSON.…So, let me go to a blank tab and I'll…paste in a URL that I previously copied and hit return.…And very quickly, I'm presented with the population of all 50 states, as…well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as of the 2010 Census.…
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