Bungie has finally opened up the Reach API to programmers. I was actually hoping they would do this last week when I had a lot of free time. Anyway, I was browsing the website and noticed it was open, so I decided to throw something together real quick to see how accessible it was. I have never worked with a web API like this before, and only have a little bit of experience working with .XML files as a save file format for some of the applications I have written. Obviously, if I am going to be building a large stats application, I will have to get more familiar with the best practices for working with XML files.
Still, I was able to throw something simple together in about an hour and a half. Currently, the program pulls some basic stats about a player, their armor image, and the list of recent games. The API allows me to pull all kinds of data, so cool graphs showing obscure things would not be out of the question. What sort of features would you like to see in a stats application? Anything that the current bungie.net site doesnt do that you wish it would? I am open to all ideas.