Accomplishments: We used the Amadeus API to quickly access a large database of flight information and quickly determine which ones were feasible for our users. We also have an effective shared-session data entry page, so friends can simply send a URL to each other to input data, bypassing the need to create an account and allowing for more spontaneous trips. Our use of Firebase to store data also makes Friendcation extremely responsive.
What we learned: Each member of the Friendcation team has broadened their skillset with this project. Team members with little exposure to web development and API usage gained skills in these areas, while members with little experience with efficiently handling and sorting data gained a better understanding of how computers handle data.
What's next: In the future, we hope to integrate Google Calendar to determine when users are available for vacations and directly put the vacation into their schedule. We also hope to implement a map to allow users to see where their destinations are and better timing to allow Friendcation to ensure all group members arrive at thei destination at similar times.