by Pete Jackson
This session is intended for intermediate Rails developers who would like to start building location based applications, but may not know the full breadth of the toolkits available.
We will start by examining the different types of location-based applications. Then we will look at the anatomy of a typical location-based application, and the elements of the spatial tool stack that apply to each geospatial element in the application. The relative strengths and weaknesses of RGeo, GeoRuby, and spatial_adapter will be examined in depth. We will then discuss in moderate detail the capabilities the many visualization libraries and DBMS systems that round out the stack, with a focus on helping the attendee understand when to choose which tool.
Finally, we will explore some examples of geospatial applications that are 1) inspiring and 2) use different elements of the stack as discussed during the session.
11th–13th August 2011