The problem with the quick code I came up with was that it only gets me BBC channels. What if I want to know what was on a non-BBC channel?
Archive for July, 2009
After my absence, I thought I’d come back with something quick and fun – the result of half an hour’s playing with a new (to me) API.
The problem that I wanted to look into was: What programme was on TV on a given channel at a given time?
And how can I find this out programmatically?
As I expect from the forward-thinking BBC, it’s pretty awesome: a simple API that gives you an XML document containing the programmes schedule for the specified time window.
The documentation on the BBC site is pretty self-explanatory. It gives all the information you need to start playing with the API – either using the form on the BBC page, or by sending it a few requests using wget.
I’ve been a little quiet on things like twitter recently, and silent on my blog here. Work has been very busy for the past month or so, and everything else kinda got put to one side while I focused on it.
It was an interesting project: an interesting mixture of IBM server products and web development, including following James into the wonderful world of iWidget development.
Woot. I’m back. Normal deranged service will be resumed shortly. 🙂