Currently this library supports the following APIs:
- Open States API (via :ref:`sunlight.openstates`)
- Congress API (via :ref:`sunlight.congress`)
- Capitol Words API (via :ref:`sunlight.capitolwords`)
- The old Sunlight Congress API (deprecated) (via :ref:`sunlight.congress_deprecated`)
The simplest way to install python-sunlight is via pip:
$ pip install sunlight
You may also wish to check the project out from GitHub:
$ git clone git://github.com/sunlightlabs/python-sunlight.git
Register for a Sunlight API Key if you haven't already, then you'll be ready to start using the library.
The recommended method of providing the library with your API key is by placing your key in a file at :file:`~/.sunlight.key`. Alternatively you can use an environment variable named :envvar:`SUNLIGHT_API_KEY` or set :data:`sunlight.config.API_KEY` within your program.
After setting your API key simply
import sunlight and start using the APIs:
>>> import sunlight >>> nc_legs = sunlight.openstates.legislators(state='nc')
You can also import a specific API client:
>>> from sunlight import congress >>> pelosi = congress.legislators(last_name='Pelosi')
For details on how to use the various APIs check out the documentation for the individual clients:
Useful utilities for working with the services.
Implementation details, for extending python-sunlight or more untraditional uses.