http://dockr.co.uk is a little web app to find your nearest docking stations for the recently launched London Barclays Cycle Hire scheme.
There’s been a bit of a rush to build apps for the scheme and so I thought I’d have a go and see what happens. It was a challenge combining stuff that interests me: making websites, mobile web, geolocation, bikes and London. So on Tuesday morning I set about building an app and at about 1.3oam on Wednesday I launched Dockr.co.uk.
Just some of the things Dockr makes use of, without which it would have taken so much longer, are :
- BorisAPI – screen-scraping the TFL website to provide docking station data as an API,
- jQuery CSV plugin – makes the data into something useful,
- Google graphs API – for easy, restful, pie charts. (Mmm… pies…)
Really, there’s so much available that I kind of feel like I’m cheating, but that’s the fun of a mashup :-)
Yesterday Dockr.co.uk had over 500 visits which I’m quite pleased with. It had quite a few tweets and other comments – enough to convince me that there is room for a non-native web site alongside each platform’s native apps. So I’ll start looking at designing a version two where the priorities are a nice user experience and speed rather than ‘just get it built and think about it later’.
Anyway please do go and check out dockr.co.uk and let me know what you think.