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#1 mattbirk

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 01:16 PM

Hello, 

 

so I want to create a basic, one page website that is basically a dashboard for when I wake up in the morning. What this dashboard will show is:

 

  • Current time, weather for the day, temp, etc.
  • API for the public transportation - to display how many minutes the bus will arrive (I use CTA in Chicago)
  • Foscam - I have a camera which shows the bus stop that I want to embed. Link

This is basically just a fun project, and I am going to hook up a Raspberry Pi to a spare monitor and lave open the browser with this site.

 

First off, suggestions on a good way to do this? My web design skills are not strong, but this is simple, and seems more just embedding things. Any good template ideas? Basically, just like four large squares on the homepage to put these things in...

 

Would it be better to use WordPress or just build one static page? I have installed and setup WP before, so that's not an issue, though I haven't found a good theme that would suit this. 

 

Any other suggestions you may have? Design or other ideas to put on the dashboard? Like I said this is just a fun project that will also help me know how long I have to get ready before catching the next bus!

 

Thanks!

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 08:41 PM

I suggest a static page, because you can run it on your PC without any software: drop an HTML and CSS file into a directory and point the browser at it (file://C:/<your-folder>). At least for a beginning. You don't need something fancy like WP for what you are trying to do, and you will get more experience coding by hand anyway :)


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Posted 24 March 2016 - 02:30 PM

Thanks for the response, I am going with the static page.

 

I have a  few questions.

 

1. I currently have this site embedded on my site in an iframe, not sure if that's the best way to do it, but is there a way to hard code the stop #? Also, I have an API provided by Chicago Transit Authority, but I'm not really a developer so not sure if it's of much use to me. I really just want to see one stop.

 

2. Any recommendations on an hourly weather widget? I like the layout of this one here but it's a five day, versus an hourly weather report.

 

Thanks again,

Matt



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Posted 01 April 2016 - 10:57 PM

Sorry about the late reply, missed this in the flood of notifications.

1. An iframe is defiantly the simplest way to do it. As for hardcoding the stop number, the site appears to use GET, so you can supply the parameter in the URL. Try adding "?id=<stop-number>" where <stop-number> is a placeholder for the stop number. (No quotes either).

2. Don't use those things so sorry but no :(
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Posted 04 April 2016 - 03:09 PM

Thanks for the reply, adding the stop number worked as you described!



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Posted 04 April 2016 - 03:15 PM

Glad it did, I was kind of flying blind there :P

Let me know if you need anymore help :)
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