links for 2009-12-30

  • After being acquired by Google, Ether­Pad was open­sourced. Being it the kick­ass thing it is, I got itch­ing with the *need* to have my own ether­pad instance run­ning right away.

    As I found out, scratch­ing that itch was actu­ally fast: it took me ~3 or so hours, and that includes trou­bleshoot­ing and gath­er­ing bits of info from all around. With a step-by-step how-to it’ll prob­a­bly take you a lot less than that!

links for 2009-12-28

links for 2009-12-27

  • Two common types of spatial queries used in Maps mash-ups are proximity searches and bounding box queries. Proximity searches return all results within a certain distance of a location. Bounding box queries return all results in a bounding box of four points defined by its four corners. These types of searches are useful in a wide variety of mash-ups. For instance, a store finder on a website typically allows the user to show all stores within a certain radius. Or it may want to show all stores that are in the current map boundaries. While intuitively simple, these searches can be computationally difficult.
  • Orderly is a textual format for describing JSON. Orderly can be compiled into JSONSchema. It is designed to be easy to read and write.