The internet is an interesting thing, as it is a bit like the matrix. Whilst normal end users see something like this:
Developers have the more outside-the-matrix point of view as we tend to look at the data behind the facade:
And if you are one of the true believers in web2.0/web3.0 where the web is the platform and the framework then it turns into something like this:
There is nothing better than yummy yummy data that you can retrieve, mix with the right other ingredients and spices to create something that is even healthier, more nutritious or even caters for special diets. In essence, giving access to data will make your product all the more successful as other chefs can cater for you.
Getting to the yummy parts of one or several sources can be a bit of an problem though. Imagine a tin of good solid food you want to get to. The easiest and most versatile tool would be a swiss army knife with a can opener.
The web equivalent of a pocket knife is cURL, a library that allows aRead More »from Opening the web and retrieving all the goodies