• WordPress REST API – developing a precautionary

    Back over a year ago now the WordPress team at Devon County Council started exploring a RESTful API. In WordPress 4.4 they introduced an embed extension to embed content into other website. This was the start of the API.

    WordPress 4.7 has just landed and now it has a full RESTful API built right into the core. It is now possible to display all your content by using the new endpoint routes, posts, pages, etc. This is really great, we can now do cross website querying for content using the API. This is just the tip of the iceberg of things that the API can be used for.… Read the rest

  • Making things open – using Git

    A few weeks ago we got an email from a colleague here, with a problem that needed solving; our ICT people were starting to look at the issue of data storage, and had flagged up things like the Spend Over £500 files – big csv files that we publish every month, going back several years –  as something we needed to look at before they became unmanageable. At the same time we were hearing that the process for adding a new file each month was ridiculously manual, tedious and about as far from agile as you could get. It got even worse when we talked about moving the files somewhere and updating the web pages they’re catalogued on – every link would have to be re-made manually.… Read the rest
  • Making use of open data

    We were very pleased, a couple of weeks ago, to discover that some of our open data has been put to good use – Jim Patterson, a developer who’s just moved to Devon, put together the Devon Spends website as a project to summarise and display the ‘Spend over £500’ data that we release every month.

    We caught up with Jim this week and asked him a few questions; here’s what we talked about.

    Firstly, the big question; what brought you to Devon?

    The beaches!  There’s a distinct lack of them in the East Midlands.  In truth, much of my extended family have moved down over the past couple of years; I thought I’d follow their lead.  … Read the rest