API and data

This week was super challenging for me. I learned that working with APIs takes the coding experience to a new level. However, I also learned the limitless possibilities we have in working with data. Data isn’t something I think about very often. In fact it’s something I’ve subconsciously trained myself to avoid, as it typically involves numbers, which scares me. BUT, if I have learned one fundamental thing at ITP in the past 2 months (only 2 months!), it’s that math is our friend. Math includes numbers. Numbers are the basis of data. Data tells us what we are all doing and visualizing it helps us understand it. It’s amazing! So, it’s worth it.

I tried exploring the process of implementing an API and started with NYTimes. What I was able to do honestly did not excite me very much, and in turn didn’t motivate me to create something visually interesting. I need a purpose. Even as a very illogical person, I need things to make sense and know why I’m doing something. Why am I showing something? Why am I spending time to code something to show people, including myself? Why does anyone know?

After thinking a lot about it and losing my mind a bit, I decided that I would benefit more by creating my own JSON file. Then I asked myself what data would be interesting to me and then asked if that would also be interested in anyone else.¬†Two of my greatest interests other than education are people and languages. I love exploring how people can learn with others. What we can learn from each other and languages allow the endless opportunity to communicate with anyone. Languages can create barriers, but they can also eliminate boundaries we subconsciously put up. At ITP there are so many boundaries when we first walk in–we plunge into an unparalleled environment of coding, collaboration, technologies, and languages. The last one is the most used and overlooked. We are so focused on the languages we learn inside classrooms: C++, p5, Javascript, Illustrator, Unity, Python, etc but we often forget about the languages used outside the classroom. The languages many people at ITP use to not only further understand their understanding of