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XKCD API in Core 2.0 using azure for the datastore.


I really enjoy the xkcd comics and since I was studying iOS development I decided it would be cool to build an iOS xkcd reader. Through the process of developing the app I found out that the xkcd "API" can only fetch the latest comic and each individual comic by number.

I soon realized that it would take 1800 requests to the server to get all of the comics to populate a tableview. And that was for each device that loaded the app!

Not wanting to overload anyones server I saw that I would have to essentially write my own API that would have a copy of the official xkcd API in a database.

So that is what I did. With my API you can fetch a single comic by number or you can fetch them all.

This is just a first version and I plan on implementing the ability to paginate the results so that you can request a few comics at a time. I also plan on eventually implementing a search that will allow someone to search based on keywords.

For now, I have this working and it will poll the official xkcd API every 6 hours. Since the comics are released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I think getting new comics every 6 hours should be fine.

I want to thank Randall Munroe, first of all for writing an awesome comic. Secondly, I would like to thank him for not freaking out about people using his stuff for non-commercial purposes.

Please visit if you haven't been there before you will enjoy it I promise. If you have been there before, why not go back and check it out!


my website/api is located here:


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