Grape Soda • almost 8 years ago
Parsing service updates
I really wished there was a better way to get service updates other than the provided link "http://www.mta.info/status/serviceStatus.txt". I really don't understand why the MTA is stuffing HTML inside XML elements. This makes parsing the XML difficult with most XMLParsers. The import information stored in the 'Text' element is all but useless. Secondly, in many cases a user is looking for the status of an individual line. Its expensive operation for all parties to be communicating every status for every line. Especially in Mobile development, where we want to conserve battery and data usage.
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