I'm making my first jump into data-mining Stack Overflow. I'd like to run a query that returns results into a blog post I make. I see there is a Stack Exchange Data Explorer, and there is an odata approach as well.
I'd like to know which of these is the fastest path to achieving HTML results that can be dumped directly into a blog post, or loaded into an Iframe?
I'm also curious which approach allows me to create queries that, when executed, will prompt for inputs. I've made the following test query., but there is no prompt for parameters. Perhaps as useful or more useful than being prompted, is there an approach that allows me to specify the parameters as query string values? Do I need to switch to the odata portal to achieve that kind of result?
Actually, I notice that the permalink I created to write this question - might itself be an example of what I can embed in an iframe (hmmmmm).
Finally, how often is the public data from Stack Exchange updated? I have the impression it is two to three months behind...