I needed to learn more about theCityGrid APIs
. What better way than to actually build a prototype.
I thought it would be good to have a simple local business directory
that could be deployed all by itself, or as part of another web site.
I wanted the directory to look good, but I didn't want to do any graphic design, so I usedTwitter Bootstrap
for the user interface (UI).
I put together five pages, allowing you to browse some local business categories in West Hollywood, CA.
The site doesn't use a database. You set the sites config file to a city and state, it makes calls to theCityGrid APIs
in real-ime, with the latest business listings, images, offers and reviews.
The site is providing a way for me to learn about the CityGrid APIs
, while also producing usable code that other developers can use to bootstrap their own hyperlocal sites and applications.
This project is still in development, you candownload it at Github
I will work on other enhancements to this prototype, but first I'd like to create a ruby and python version of Hyp3rl0cal, so it can be used as a base for CityGrid API development.
Lot's of learning ahead, I will keep publishing my code to Github and link everything at Hyp3rL0cal