We're inundated with massive amounts of data, documents, and other digital information on a daily basis. It's exhausting. Wouldn't it be easier if a computer could help you get through it all? TL;DR ROCKS makes it easier to sift through the heaping pile of web links one encounters every day.
What it does
A user of TL;DR Rocks either (i) inputs a URL into the form at our website, enters her or his contact information, and presses "Submit," or (ii) texts a URL to (917) 268-8696. Either action will summarize the website and text it to the user using Twilio and the Microsoft Graph API.
How we built it
We used JAVA and Scala for our backend language to push the request to a summarization API online. We then used Twilio and the Microsoft Graph API to distribute it to users.
Challenges we ran into
Setting up the API network was challenging. But perhaps the greatest challenge was linking all the different components together.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
How we managed to connect so many different types of services to make it into one flowing work.
What we learned
We learned a lot more about programming than coding. Inter-linking was the biggest challenge, especially with APIs we weren't familiar with.
What's next for TL:DR ROCKS
Hopefully, the summarization API will be smoother and more efficient. Also, branching out our network to greater lengths to boost efficiency and productivity.