FYI to anybody using our API. We will be turning off v3 very soon. Please make sure your scripts are using v4 of the API. This winter we will be working on a v5 of the API that will include more functions.
Information on how to use our API is listed at http://geysertimes.org/api/v4/docs/index.php
Our “Bootstrap” update has finally arrived. The highlights:
- Note structure changed to be based on datetimes rather than just a date, can be observations at a point in time or over a range of times
- Notes are now easier to find–they are displayed in logbook view and on the geyser page
- New search bar for geysers and historical dates makes it easier to find what you’re looking for
- Home page logbook view now automatically refreshes
- Data logger temperature charting and archived temperature files for download
- Added a site tour for new visitors
- Ugly old prediction display replaced by pretty Gantt chart format
- Entering mulitple day’s worth of eruptions is now easier: the multi-entry page has been revamped to handle multiple dates
- Ability to store eruptions to the accuracy of seconds (rather than to the minute) (multi-entry only)***IMPORTANT***
If you have the GT Android App, it must be updated to version 2.0.0 . The old version will cease to receive any new data or submit data.
In addition, for you researcher and programmer-types, V3 of the GT API has been made public. This allows programmatic access to the eruption and notes database. I will be improving the documentation and sending out more information over the winter.
GT’s first publicly-available API will be Version 3. Version 1 didn’t last very long, Version 2 supports the Android app. It’s very finicky and isn’t good enough to be public-facing. So Version 3 it is! I expect to release it by late September and it will be in improvement mode once we get a few users who will request different things of it.
Along with a robust API, a lot of behind-the-scenes code for GT will be changed for the better. Unfortunately, it’s a lot of work that produces little visible results for the public. It’ll make me feel a lot better about longevity and stability of the website though! When I first started GT, I was learning a lot as I went along and php moved ahead to better technologies while I was still using the older. It’s definitely time for an upgrade.