Entries tagged rest

Collect currency exchange rates in a MySQL database with PHP and fixer.io API

Posted on 4. August 2015 Comments

If you work in a company that buys and sells goods in many different currencies, it might be a good idea, to use the latest exchange rates. Also, it might be useful, to store old exchange rates to clarify/verify old business decisions. If once a day is enough for you, fixer.io offers a free simple Rest API. A lot of the code at my work is written in PHP but I usually use the request library in JavaScript and Python, so I’m using it in this example too. A common PHP solution would be guzzle. But first, get composer (the PHP counterpart to npm or pip):

$ curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | php

$ php composer.phar require rmccue/requests

The mysql_ commands are deprecated (and removed in PHP 7), use mysqli or PDO. Also you should use some sort of framework for the database access, like medoo or a proper ORM. This is just proof of concept.

$base = 'EUR';
$request = Requests::get('https://api.fixer.io/latest?base=' . $base, array('Accept' => 'application/json'));
if ($request->status_code == 200) {
$response = json_decode($request->body);
$GBP = $response->rates->GBP;
$CAD = $response->rates->CAD;
$USD = $response->rates->USD;
$NOK = $response->rates->NOK;
$CNY = $response->rates->CNY;
$rBase = mysql_real_escape_string($response->base);
$date = mysql_real_escape_string($response->date);
$currencies = mysql_real_escape_string("1.0, $USD, $GBP, $NOK, $CNY, $CAD");
$qry = "INSERT INTO `exchange_rates_fixerio`(date, base, eur, usd, gbp, nok, cny, cad) VALUES ('$date', '$rBase', $currencies);";
$insert = mysql_query($qry, $mysqlConnection) or print mysql_error();

I assume the database connection is defined earlier, there’s lot’s of documentation for that. Because we are from Europe, I chose Euro (EUR) as the base currency. Apart from the get() method, you need nothing else, to send a request. If the request returns an OK(200), the response is read and saved into different variables, e.g. for British Pounds, US Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Chinese Renminbi and Norwegian Krone. Just to make sure we have the right base, it’s also parsed. From there it’s only a simple INSERT INTO (as said before, use a framework for that)

The table could look like this:

CREATE TABLE `echange_rates_fixerio` (
`date` date NOT NULL,
`base` varchar(3) NOT NULL,
`eur` double NOT NULL,
`usd` double NOT NULL,
`gbp` double NOT NULL,
`nok` double NOT NULL,
`cny` double NOT NULL,
`cad` double NOT NULL


You can also find this code on GitHub.

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Morsecode As A Service: node.js app with restify and Heroku

Posted on 22. Januar 2015 Comments

I wanted to play around with node.js and REST APIs. Heroku is widely used for deploying node.js app, last but not least because they give you one free instance to test your code and the possibility to use your own domain name (via CNAME).

Until now the code is rather trivial. This for example is the encode function (plaintext->morsecode). It uses the npm module morse to encode the given string in the request parameters and returns it with the plaintext in an array. The requests are handled by restify.
function encode(req, res, next) {
var answer = {}
answer.plaintext = req.params.string.toUpperString();
answer.morsecode = morse.encode(req.params.string);

This function gets called later here.
server.get('/encode/:string', app.encode);

This starts the server on the port from the Heroku instance.
var port = process.env.PORT || 8080;
server.listen(port, function() {
console.log('%s listening at %s', server.name, server.url);

The decode function is equivalent, except that I test if there are only „.“, „-“ and white spaces in the request.

I wrote the documentation with the automatic page generator from GitHub Pages in the repository and so with the following code the user is redirected there when entering the root „/“.


function redirectToDocumentation(req,res,next) {
res.send(302, null, {
Location: API_DOKU

It’s reachable under morsecode-api.de or morsecodeapi.herokuapp.com.

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