[horde] Weather Block and the Weather Channel API

Simon Brereton simon.brereton at buongiorno.com
Fri Oct 14 14:49:06 UTC 2011


I guess - like a lot of people on this list - that this email from the Weather Channel is cause for some concern...

Dear Registrant: 

We are writing to you because our records indicate that you are a registered user of the weather.com® XML Data Feed (http://xoap.weather.com.) 

As a valued subscriber, we want to let you know that our data feed service offerings are changing. Beginning the week of October 10th, 2011, we will be launching a new subscription service, The Weather Channel® API. 

The Weather Channel® API is a subscription offering created by The Weather Channel specifically to provide developers with access to an easy to use weather data feed that they can use to power commercial applications across a variety of technology platforms. 
Key Features include:
•	access to the most comprehensive global forecast set available anywhere
•	white label solution (no logo; no links)
•	weather data provided by weather.com® 
•	data may be accessed in either XML or JSON format
•	leverages a world class cloud-based Infrastructure
•	product support for the world wide web, the mobile web, downloadable web / PC applications, and downloadable mobile phone / smart phone applications
•	multi-language support for English, Spanish, French, German, & Portuguese

What this means to you: 
In order to have access to an XML data feed from The Weather Channel, you will need to subscribe to The Weather Channel® API. This letter serves as formal notice to you that your access to the weather.com® XML Data Feed will terminate at midnight Eastern time on October 31, 2011. To evaluate The Weather Channel® API as an alternative to the weather.com® XML Data Feed, please go to http://portal.theweatherchannel.com. 


My question is - is there an Open Source alternative, and what is the Horde roadmap for integrating it in H4?  We have 2 weeks to fix this before that block becomes 404.



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