Thinking about a comment by Jonathan Goodwin on my last post about extracting weather data for specified dates in a historical document, I looked into the Wolfram|Alpha API. Luckily, it’s pretty powerful and you could then replicate some of these findings within your own programming language or environment. For those of you who haven’t used an API, I want to just give you a quick sense of how you can call this information yourself. This is a very basic introduction (i.e. letting you know the API exists), but I remember my first tinkering with APIs so hopefully this can help.
It could also be used to jump-start work into the other things I’ve been doing with Mathematica. Read more