DevData: The Data You Need in the Language You Want

October 3, 2015

Around two months ago, I launched a new website called DevData. It is a website that I wished has existed for many years, and finally just built and launched it myself.


Many times during the development of a new project, I will often need common data sets – a list of U.S. states, a list of all the countries in the world, a list of all the different timezones or currencies, etc. These lists exist in places like Wikipedia and other sources, but the data is not formatted for programming languages, so there is still a good bit of work to do before the data can even be used in your project.


Enter DevData. It’s a fairly basic node.js Express app that just reads and formats a JSON dataset file into many different programming languages.

Current Programming Languages (time of writing):

  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • C#
  • Lua

Current Datasets (time of writing):

  • U.S. States
  • Canadian Provinces
  • World Countries
  • World Currencies
  • World Time Zones
  • International Airport Codes

The DevData project is on GitHub, and my hope is that more developers will continue adding more datasets and language formats, so that over time, DevData will be the first place to check for common datasets in any programming language you need.

This is the second officially launched project of my year of making stuff – and the official launch of my third project Countism is just around the corner!


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