February 29 - March 2, 2012
Montreal, Canada

A Knapsack of Geotools: More than Just Google Maps

Where? As location becomes increasingly important, and as more and more data is geotagged, this may be the most important question your app needs to answer. How do you determine what city and country your users are coming from? Figure out which neighborhood a place is in? Keep a location history for a physical object? Group people together based on proximity? One of these days you'll need to reach into your knapsack of geo-tools to solve problems like these and this talk aims to make you ready. We'll cover using location-aware storage like MongoDB and ElasticSearch, GeoIP, reverse geocoding, third-party location web services, geo-hashing, and more. Warning: words like Euclidean may be used during the course of this talk.

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Andrei Zmievski

Recently software architect at AppDynamics and a founding member of Analog Co-op. Previously, I was Open Source Fellow at Digg and a platform engineer at Yahoo. As a core developer of PHP and a member of the PHP Group, I helped curate development of the world’s most popular web development language. Along the way, I started PHP-GTK, helped create Smarty, co-wrote PHP Developer’s Cookbook, and architected Unicode support that would have been in PHP 6.

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