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Stack Overflow & OSGeo

Stack Overflow, as most developers will already know, is a question and answer site for programmers. It’s perfect for mainstream development questions in any programming language, and has also become the support site of choice for some newer programming communities such as Android developers. It can also be used as a barometer to see which […]



Map Pins…

I wanna hang a map of the world in my house. Then I’m gonna put pins into all the locations that I’ve traveled to. But first, I’m gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map so it won’t fall down. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Hedberg



Automated Diagrams and Documentation

As I previously wrote, one of the ways to get through the task of documenting a project is to turn the documentation process into a coding project. Documentation sometimes seems pointless as the likelihood of anyone other than yourself reading it are low to nil. To increase the chances pretty pictures always help. If they […]



Masquerades, Geocaching, and Easter Eggs

Thirty years ago Kitt Williams wrote, or rather painted, the children’s book  Masquerade. Each page had a picture that contained hidden clues pointing to the location of an 18-carat gold, jewel-encrusted hare buried somewhere in Britain. It sparked a National treasure hunt and sold 2 million copies. I remember being fascinated with the pictures and […]



Politics, IT, Spending, and GIS

With an impending election in the UK, the Conservatives, the current opposition party have decided to try and win some votes by cutting spending in IT. On the upside they plan to scrap ID cards if elected. Which GIS projects this may affect is impossible to tell as: He [the shadow chancellor] was unable to […]



The Seven Bridges of Königsberg

..or do geodevelopers require mathematics? Alan Skorkin has a great post on “you don’t need math skills to be a good developer but you do need them to be a great one.” Geo-technology developers have similar requirements, and the majority of GISs revolve around CRUD operations. However due to the nature of spatial data we […]



6 Tips for Developers Moving into GIS

With the rise of the neogeographers, along with the increased awareness and use of GIS thanks to the web, more and more positions are open for developers looking to move away from writing business accounting logic, and into the exciting “new” world of spatial data. I’ve noticed a few gotchas that have happened to developers […]