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What is the development status of ThingSpeak?
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November 23, 2012
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It seems development on the project has pretty much stalled out and has been dead for a couple of years.

 

Why is this?  Have the developers lost interest?  Is there a better platform that they have moved on to?  Or something else?

 

While I read the occasional promise for an API 'update', there hasn't been any in a long time.  What's up?

 

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November 26, 2012
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The project is only 2 years old (publicly), so it has not been dead for a "couple of years". Wink

There is lots of activity for ThingSpeak, in fact it is growing really fast. We doubled in size in the past 6-8 months. The API hosted at ThingSpeak.com has gone through much development and new features added. I have not blogged about each one, but I am planning a post that summarizes all of the changes. People have noticed all of the changes as they discussed quite a bit on other forums.

We have over 6000 users in the different versions of ThingSpeak, most come from ThingSpeak.com and hosted versions, and 1000 come from the GitHub version of ThingSpeak. I think the API updates you are referring to are with the GitHub API version, we are behind on that as internally we are focused first on the hosted version of ThingSpeak, then rolling out updates to GitHub. The next update is large just to play catch up with the two different versions.

If you are looking for particular features, it would be helpful if you are vocal about them, so we can prioritize internal development. You can submit features suggestions  / enhancements here and on GitHub (github you tag an issue as an enhancement).

For latest news:

Set a google alert for "thingspeak" and you will get flooded with updates from other places around the web. ThingSpeak grows when it's developer count and activity grows and the project is going really, really well from all aspects except that we have to keep expanding – it is bigger today than any day previous. 

November 26, 2012
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OK sorry Hans I did not mean to offend you!

 

However, 2 years in code/Internet time is an eternity.  And with GitHub showing virtually no changes in 2 years, I (incorrectly) assumed the development had stopped.  Now I understand development hasn't stopped, it's just not being documented properly on GitHub, in the API documentation, or in the blog.  I'm sure you can understand those conditions make it virtually impossible to understand what all the updates and improvements are - hence my confusion over what is going on with ThingSpeak and IOBridge!

 

When do you expect the updates to be listed on GitHub?

 

Thanks!

November 27, 2012
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No offense... just realized that it does say updated two years ago on GitHub. Most of those files do not change often, so I can see what you are saying. We did update the translator a couple of weeks ago, but that is lost in the mix.

Updating the GiTHub repo is on the list, but I will tell you that we hear way more about the hosted version. I don't have a date to share. Also, with the Raspberry Pi being an embedded computer - there is a group of users porting ThingSpeak so it will run on the Raspberry Pi. I think that will give the GitHub version a big kick.

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