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Making It with an API

I haven't been running much since spring break for a number of reasons, and I thought about making a tool that would help encourage me to run. I had an idea to make a screen showing the latest 3 (or so) running activities from the ITP running group on Strava, and I thought "Strava must have an API, right?" They do!

I tried making curl requests, but wasn't having any luck, I wondered if my syntax was wrong, or I wasn't getting the keys right or something... For some reason I wasn't getting anything back. Upon reading a little further, I realized I might hit privacy blocks, and several of the API examples on the Strava documentation site were also broken! So I scrapped this idea...

A simple project that I would love to have is a weather clock on the wall in the bathroom because I'm not great at checking the weather. If I can see the weather when I brush my teeth in the morning, I will be more prepared when I leave the house!

I also googled "most reliable APIs" and Accuweather came up, which seemed promising to me.

Referencing Tom's Making Things Talk HTTP AQI sketch for the Arduino, I was able to connect to Accuweather but I wasn't getting any messages back. This is what shows up when I try to print the message:

Am I doing this right?

/* AccuWeather API 
Let's see if this works

#include <WiFiNINA.h> //wifi library for Arduino Nano IoT 33
#include <ArduinoHttpClient.h> //library protocol for APIs
#include "arduino_secrets.h" //network username and password
#include <Arduino_JSON.h> //maybe we need this library to read the get request?

//set global variables
const int port = 443;
const long requestInterval = 3600000; //once an hour

WiFiClient netSocket;
const char serverAddress[] = "";
String route = "/forecasts/v1/"; 
//use locations API to find the location you want:
long lastRequestTime = 0;

void setup() {
  // put your setup code here, to run once:

  while (WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) {
    Serial.print("Attempting to connect to Network named: ");
    Serial.println(SECRET_SSID);               // print the network name (SSID)
    WiFi.begin(SECRET_SSID, SECRET_PASS);  // try to connect
   for (int b = 0; b < 3; b++) {
    digitalWrite(LED_BUILTIN, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(LED_BUILTIN, LOW);

  IPAddress ip = WiFi.localIP();
  Serial.print("IP Address: ");
  for (int b = 0; b < 3; b++) {
    digitalWrite(LED_BUILTIN, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(LED_BUILTIN, LOW);
  route += "/hourly"; // hourly or daily
  route += "/1hour"; // 1, 5, 10, 15 days / 1, 12, 24, 72, 120 hours
  route += "/4101_PC"; //location, this set to postal code 11216
  route += "?apikey=%";
  route += SECRET_API; //this is secret api key

void loop() {
  // put your main code here, to run repeatedly:
 if (millis() - lastRequestTime > requestInterval) {

void connectToServer() {
  long temp;  
  String getReq;

  // make HTTP call:
  HttpClient http(netSocket, serverAddress, port);  // make an HTTPS client
  Serial.print("Connecting to ");
  getReq = http.get(route);            // make a GET request
  Serial.print("get Request: ");
  // http.skipResponseHeaders();  // ignore the HTTP headers
  // while connected to the server:
  Serial.println("http getting");
  if (http.connected()) {
    if (http.available()) {   
      Serial.println("available.");                       // if there's a response from the server,
      // bool iconPhrase = http.findUntil("IconPhrase", "\n");  // parse response for "PM2.5"
      // if (iconPhrase) {                                 // if there's a PM2.5 value,
      //   forecast = http.parseString();                       // read PM2.5 value from the response
      //   http.flush();                                // throw out the rest of the response
      //     Serial.println(iconPhrase);                   // print it out, and
      //   }
      // }
      bool getValue = http.findUntil("Value", ":");
      Serial.println("getting temp");
      if (getValue){
        temp = http.parseInt();
        Serial.print("Temp: ");
      } else{
      http.stop();  // close the request
  lastRequestTime = millis();  // save the time of this HTTP call

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