I’ve written a bit about Filth Finder, an app that surfaces health inspections from NYC restaurants near you. Most recently, I wrote about the API that served the restaurants to the frontend. While this implementation worked, it was pretty slow to load. In an effort to speed up the loading time, I rewrote the backend to pull the of index restaurants from Google Cloud Storage. Check out how much faster it loads.
<details> element. This post will cover how I implemented a dropdown menu for an app I recently created called Congress Connect. I first learned about this element at a BrooklynJS meetup almost a year ago. There was a really cool talk, and the slides are excellent, and I highly recommend reading them if you are interested in learning more than this post covers.
Filth Finder is an application that loads NYC restaurants near you and allows you to view health inspection violations at each restaurant. One problem that had to be solved when developing Filth Finder was how to calculate the distance between the user and all of the amazing restaurants NYC has to offer. The NYC Open Data API provided the addresses for each restaurant, but Filth Finder needed the geolocation of those restaurants. Fortunately, NYC has a nifty GeoClient API that allowed for geocoding the restaurant locations.