BOFF - Potential APIs to Use

As developing frontends without some sort of backend is a little boring I thought to link to a couple. You can find a very comprehensive listing at Programmable Web. I have developed the ones I will list next so that you know who to bug if you run into troubles:

  • jsDelivr API - Despite its name this API provides access to libraries served by most commonly used JavaScript CDNs. It is simple to build a small UI on top of this. OSSCDN is an example of this.
  • API - This API provides data in an easy to digest form. So if you want to do something JavaScript library related, perhaps that's it. You could also consider trying NPM registry or Bower. Note that these link to the APIs directly so you'll have to dig out documentation elsewhere.
  • jklevents - Because the official event calendar of Jyväskylä is horrible, I scraped it into easier to understand form. Go build a pretty frontend based on this. Some of the characters aren't right (encoding issue?) but mostly the data should be fine. There is geodata included too.
  • it2rest - This API lists IT companies of Jyväskylä based on a spreadsheet maintained by Geek Collision. Hence the name (maybe this should be renamed, though).
  • jklgeeks - Since GitHub is so popular, it provides a nice peek at the local geek scene. This API lists local geeks available through GitHub.

The APIs that I have developed are based on the schema provided by rest-sugar. It should be enough for many basic things. In case you run into troubles with any of the APIs, poke me either directly or through the issue tracker of the API in question.

Besides these you could look into Jyväskylä open data and Datademo APIs. Latter may even help to fund development of a fancy frontend so this might be a good chance to prototype one.


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