CS 373: Week 8

What did you do this past week?

This week, my team met and chose basketball (more specifically: NBA) as our “topic” for the IDB project. Our initial choice was board games, but since we had a hard time finding a RESTful API for scraping board game data, we are going with our second choice.

What’s in your way?

I need to learn how to use apiary. It doesn’t look hard, and it’s neat that it integrates with github. However, there was a small issue with apiary not letting me linking the project to our group’s github because I needed to be the owner of the repo. This was easily fixed when the teammate who owned the repo connected to apiary and shared the project.

What will you do next week?

Spring Break! Not that I will shirk my academic duties of course! On the to-do list for this week: document the API(s) that my team will be using on apiary.

What’s my experience of the class?

This IDB project seems to have a lot of potential, and a well made site would certainly impress people. However, all of the new tools we have to learn for it makes it look intimidating, but I suppose the challenge of it makes it all the more impressive. I think if this goes well, I might even make one as a personal project!

What’s my pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?

This website supposedly have over 17,000 APIs you can search for, some of which are completely free to use while others require a license. I think some teams might find it useful for fleshing out their dataset. I’m not sure if you can search by API-type, but it does list their type (e.g. REST). Learned the difference between REST and SOAP this week!