Over the last couple of months, I’ve written 27,000+ lines of code on my downtime for the Closures app I’ve been working on. I’ve re-coded it from the ground up. For those who don’t know, in high school I made a closings and delays app that sources information and data from the local news station and parsed it in a way that categorizes it based on their status and organization type; School, Business, etc. I’ve changed it over the last few years to try to make it more exciting and easier to view and to understand what’s closed or delayed without needing to watch a news ticker or listen to the radio to know what the status of organizations are when the weather is horrible.
The last two years, I’ve pushed hard to develop an iOS version of the app. I ended up with a few different versions that were cool, but ultimately didn’t meet my standard of quality enough for me to support a release to the App Store. I’ve failed to continue this idea with the same excitement as I had when I had started.
The biggest thing I lacked was a powerful API. A core service that provided the parsed data to serve any platform regardless of any limitations. At the time, the API I had made didn’t serve the purpose I needed.
Over these last few months, I’ve built an API that not only serves real-time closings and delays, but also the weather including a comprehensive look into the 7-day forecast as well as some in-depth location information.
To expand on this, I’m excited to announce that I’m expanding it outside of Watertown and our surrounding areas. I’ve been able to take the idea of sourcing my local news channel station for closings and delays and have successfully been able to include several other news stations by tagging their data as well. I’m able to do this by cross-referencing zip codes from within 30 miles of that particular news station to a database of over the 42,000+ zip codes within the United States to find the city and state where a particular organization has a closing or delay. I’m hoping that as this grows, the quality of the app improves over time.
Prior to this, Watertown, New York and surrounding areas in the north country were the only locations with exclusive access to Closures. Now, over 350 cities and towns across the United States have access to Closures in New York, Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, and Kansas. Over the next few months, I’ll be expanding this even further.
For now, if there are any bugs encountered, please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, and enjoy the update!