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The VehMan API is a free resource designed to help monitor the costs of owning a vehicle, over it's lifetime. Currently the API supports the recording of Fuel and Servicing information, as well as related items such as journey logs (to provide a correlation between speed and fuel economy).
The API can generate a range of reports based upon the data submitted, and can generate a range of web-friendly charts to display that data;
Monthly average cost per mile
The underlying concept of VehMan was originally developed in 2011 with an incredibly basic template. The codebase was written in a hurry, with the aid of a number of bottles of wine, and so whilst functional was inefficient and bloated. The decision not to polish a turd was made early on, and so once the basic functionality was implemented the system was treated as a proof of concept. Once the underlying idea had proven valid, a complete rewrite was planned, this time as an API so that a myriad of interfaces (Ugly or otherwise) could be created quickly and easily.
Today the system is modular and lightweight, a far cry from the bloated pile of spaghetti code that formed it's legacy counterpart. The two remain interoperable as the legacy system now has a client library integrated into it, allowing updates to be propagated to the API (especially useful when testing).
The system stores its data in a MySQL database and performs regular tasks, such as importing queued GPX track files and generating fuel economy statistics.
For more information, view the list of API Features.
VehicleFuelTracker.co.uk is the primary front-end to the Vehicle Management API. It fulfils two key functions;
The site is Joomla based, but the API can easily be integrated with any software, all it takes is a little time (slightly more if we don't have a pre-built library to suit your needs).
The original site build used a very basic template, which was re-designed shortly before the public beta was launched.