On the final day I plan to have us make something using APIs from various services, to show what can be achieved by combining data. A “mashup”, as it might once have been called. And I’m looking for good ideas.
When ntlk taught this in 2012 they fetched some Tweets and then photos from Flickr for each word in the Tweets. Since then the Twitter API has become a bit trickier to work with, probably too much to use for one packed day.
So I’m looking for alternative fun projects and wondered if anyone reading this has ideas. I’m hoping to make something that:
- uses the APIs of two or more services to make a single “thing”;
- only uses APIs that require a single key (or no key); no OAuth, secrets, etc;
- is as simple to code as possible;
- and best shows the power some simple code can have.
It could be the start of an “interesting things from this place” page. It’s very quick, very ugly, and full of places it will break; definitely not production-ready. But I’m trying to do as much as possible, as simply and quickly as possible. It’s OK, but I feel there must be something more exciting!
Any ideas? I’m only after ideas, not working code. There’s a list of mostly suitable APIs here in case that sparks any thoughts.
UPDATE: Here are all the suggestions.