Throughout the Open Data Scotland Code for Europe project so far the names of various APIs and server technologies have been thrown about – usually rapidly followed by the questions of:
- So what is it?
- What’s the difference between A and B?
- Do we need A if we use B and how does adding C affect it all?
- Can we download it or do we have to write it?
- Where’s it going to be hosted?
As anyone who has even vaguely glanced into the world of software knows, part of it is working on what you know and a big part of it is exploring and learning new things – a learning that often includes failing at something so it can be eliminated from the list before trying a new approach.