"Sure enough, a quick search for "weather API data" provides a
whole host of links. Our criteria are: the API must be easy to
understand, cover as much of the world as possible and have some
reasonable documentation. This rules out a couple of promising
sources, mostly on the documentation front - yes, it's possible to
spend your time and effort making sense of the data or how the API
works, but why would you if someone else provides both the data and
a guide on how to use it?
"After much fiddling about, it seems that Yahoo's weather
service fits our needs well. It's pretty straightforward, and has
enough documentation to get us started without much effort. A bit
of digging around yields http://developer.yahoo.com/weather, which
provides plenty of detail and some examples of how to use the
service. Bonus points to Yahoo!
"The Yahoo method of working is to append a location identifier
to the end of a URL. The service will then provide an RSS feed of
the weather data for that area. This is useful in some respects,
because it means we can try it out without actually writing any
code. It should also be easy enough to find the location code - the
documentation suggests just going to the main weather page, typing
in our city and taking a good look at the URL it takes us to."
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