Mapbox Cookbook by Bill Kastanakis

By Bill Kastanakis

Over 35 recipes to layout and enforce uniquely styled maps utilizing the Mapbox platform

About This Book

  • Design and boost superbly styled maps utilizing TileMill, MapBox Studio, and CartoCSS
  • Get to grips with the mapbox.js and Leaflet to create visually attractive net and cellular applications
  • An easy-to-follow, fast reference advisor to combine strong APIs and providers like Foursquare, Fusion Tables, Geoserver, and CartoDB to populate your maps

Who This ebook Is For

If you're a net developer looking for GIS services on how one can create, kind, and submit interactive and designated styled maps, then this ebook is for you. simple wisdom of programming and javascripts is assumed.

What you'll Learn

  • Get acquainted with the MapBox Editor to visually type your maps
  • Learn every thing approximately CartoCSS, and the way it is going to assist you effective track your styled maps
  • Use MapBox Studio and Tilemill to generate your personal tiles and vector maps
  • Publish your maps utilizing numerous applied sciences like node.js, Hypertext Preprocessor, and Geoserver
  • Integrate with 3rd celebration APIs and prone to populate your maps with public or inner most data
  • Create many various map visualization types like choropleth and warmth maps, upload interactivity, or even how to animate facts over time
  • Work with many alternative facts codecs and exterior providers to create strong maps
  • Learn to exploit MapBox GL to create a cellular application

In Detail

Maps are a vital aspect in cutting-edge situation conscious purposes. correct from showing earth floor info to making thematic maps exhibiting plethora of knowledge, many of the builders lack the mandatory wisdom to create customizable maps with blend of assorted instruments and libraries. The MapBox platform is one such platform which bargains the entire instruments and API required to create and post a wholly customizable map.

Starting with construction your first map with the web MapBox Editor, we are going to take you all of the option to development complex internet and cellular functions with completely customizable map types. during the process chapters we will study CartoCSS styling language and comprehend a few of the parts of MapBox platform and their corresponding JavaScript API.

In the preliminary few chapters we'll dive deeper into the TileMill and MapBox Studio parts of MapBox and use them to generate customized styled map tiles and vector maps. additionally, we are going to submit those customized maps utilizing Hypertext Preprocessor, node.js and 3rd get together instruments like Geoserver.

We'll additionally learn how to create diverse visualizations and map kinds like a choropleth map, a warmth map and upload consumer interactivity utilizing a UFTGrid. relocating on, we dive into complex thoughts and concentrate on integration with 3rd occasion prone like Foursquare, Google FusionTables, CartoDB, and Torque that will help you populate or even animate your maps.

In the ultimate bankruptcy we are going to discover ways to use the Mapbox SDK to create and put up interactive maps for the iOS platform. by way of the top of this ebook, you are going to know about MapBox GL and the way to create a completely practical, location-aware cellular app, utilizing the maps types created within the recipes.

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An easy-to-use recipe pushed publication that may not simply serve code samples, but in addition explains the entire idea and ideas required to completely comprehend each one recipe.

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PnQn9P2nbHyhKf2FY_XJog Finding coordinates for an address There are times when you have an address or just a city or a country, and you try to find the coordinates (latitude and longitude). The reverse is also true; you may have the latitude and longitude and want to get an address. This process is called geocoding. Reverse geocoding is useful if, for example, we create a marker using the latitude and longitude and want to show the marker's address. Mapbox services also give you the ability to get the coordinates (latitude and longitude) from an address; this process is called forward geocoding.

Sf-lines is the name of the layer. We can name the layers at the time we import them into TileMill however we want. In the square brackets, there is [highway="motorway"], which means that we want to find the highway feature in this layer and select all the motorways. Within the curly brackets (which are called closures) is what we want to modify. In this example, it's all the motorways in the sf-lines layer. The line-width: 5 part of the code means that we want to set the line width to 5 pixels.

What if we want a custom font, or even better, a different font (or font size) at each zoom level? What if we want to hide or show features when a user zooms in or out? The possibilities are endless, and the power of unlocking this level of customization lies in a language called CartoCSS. Well, it's not exactly a language like C++ or PHP, with objects and complicated memory management, but it is a much more user-friendly, stylesheet-like language that shares a lot of similarities with the well-known CSS.

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