September 7, 2019 · Projects departureboard.io

departureboard.io: Now powered by the departureboard.io API

I launched departureboard.io back in late December 2018. At the time the departureboard.io API didn't exist, so all queries for rail data went directly to the National Rail OpenLDBWS SOAP API.

Developing departureboard.io was painful, because interacting with SOAP is simply not fun. The whole reason I developed the departureboard.io API in the first place was so other developers wouldn't experience the same frustrations and challenges that I did. However, after releasing the departureboard.io API, all my time and energy became focused on making improvements to it, and I never actually got around to re-developing departureboard.io to use the API.

That finally changed yesterday, and departureboard.io now fully uses the departureboard.io API. It means it can now take advantage of all of the performance improvements that the API has to offer, including Intelligent Caching.

The switch to using the departureboard.io API also included a myriad of bug fixes, and improvements. Including much improved error handling for when National Rail are experiencing issues. If you regularly use departureboard.io you should notice a significant performance increase. A combination of switching to the departureboard.io API and the re-engineering have given the site an approximate 10x performance improvement (no exaggeration!).

Traffic to departureboard.io remains really healthy, and I've been doing all I can to spread the word. Today saw the highest concurrent user mark! 323 users at one time.

If you've got any ideas for improvements and tweaks to either departureboard.io or the departureboard.io API, just let me know!

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