DPE: Hi! My name is Christopher John. I'm a Software Engineer and I like to work on side projects like DestinyPublicEvents.com when I have spare time. I'm a lifelong Bungie fan. Halo was what inspired me to learn programming in the first place. The fact that the company who inspired my career is reaching out to me is very surreal!
DPE: DestinyPublicEvents.com is a website where Destiny players can go to find out when the next Public Event might occur. I say might because the events are not guaranteed. Like other random content in Destiny, it appears that Public Events are not exactly guaranteed to happen.
DPE: Exactly! If Guardians want to help keep the system accurate, they can help by clicking the "Thumbs Up" Icon as soon as a Public Event starts!
DPE: Initially, myself and a few other members of the Destiny community started sharing the times when we encountered Public Events. We noticed there was a pattern for when these events happened, so I wrote the first version of DestinyPublicEvents.com. Shortly after the initial release of the website, users suggested that I create a voting mechanism so we could refine the times as much as possible. Now, when a user clicks "Thumbs Up", their report is logged in the database and website now automatically adjusts based on these user reports!
DPE: You can find the "Thumbs Up" icon to the right of the countdown time for each possible Event. If you're using the Android app, there is a little menu icon to the right of the timer that will bring up the Event menu.
DPE: For now, I'm going to continue to work on DestinyPublicEvents.com to ensure the most accurate times possible. I'm also going to be adding a few small but handy features, like displaying a Guardian's Faction/Vanguard/Crucible reputation, and other ”Tower-related” information.
DPE: I'd like to see some documented web service API's, but overall I think Bungie does a great job of supporting community developers. I'm looking forward to content expansions to see what other useful services I can provide to Guardians.
DPE: I'd like to thank the Bungie.net and Reddit communities for all of their input. DestinyPublicEvents.com wouldn't be what it is without them!