Published on June 06, 2020
School's out for summer!
My spring semster ended about a month ago in a whimper as the pandemic hit smack dab in the middle of March. The college quickly shifted to online learning. My particular class, web development with HTML & CSS actually was already an online course, so my workflow wasn't affected.
However, the workload itself diminished as many other students had to transition from both online and in-person classes to all online learning. Most professors I know lighted the load for everyone during the transition. Probably a good idea; one that I would have leaned towards had I been in their shoes. (This is a possibility in the future: stay tuned!)
I do miss being on campus though. Even during this past online semester, I made it a point to meet up with fellow students a few times a week for workgroups, study sessions and general mentoring.
Anyway, I decided to take this summer off from classes. The main reason? Last summer's 10-week session on Data Structures & Algorithms was a bear. I learned a ton, of course, but worked super hard. I could use a break, but....
I'm not taking a break from learning
I'm utterly fascinated now by web apps. Ironically, I thought I'd leverage my 10-course Software Engineering Certificate from the college into some type of mobile development. Now? I'm thinking not.
Here's one of them that lets you pick one of the three main crypto-currencies for a real-time price check. The script uses a web API to return the pricing information: Click here to test the web app I have hosted on GitHub.1
Again, it's a simple little project; I wanted to do something with an API since web apps are often powered by APIs.
Aside from learning how to write a script and use an API, I also learned something from a security standpoint for which I'm not sure there's a great answer.
One key to rule them all
Many APIs, including the one I'm using, requires the private API key in a request. That makes my private key easy to read by anyone using my app.
I'm still researching how to embed a script in a blog post; with the pages written in Markdown and then converted to HTML, I don't yet see an easy way to add scripts since Markdown is generally ignoring them.↩
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