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Showing posts with label Google Maps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google Maps. Show all posts

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Alpha Five Version 11 Feature Peek #19: The alpha male of all mapping

If you look up the word "alpha" in the dictionary, you'll find a definition like this:

Being the most prominent, talented, or aggressive one in the group. Clifton is an alpha male.
Just kidding, Clifton isn't there. But our Google Maps feature in Alpha Five Version 11 should be. Don't believe me? Take a look at the jam-packed feature peek with a series of four videos dedicated to it that we posted recently. But we just couldn't get enough, so we want to share the next feature.

This video will demonstrate how to complete searches that automatically load results in proximity to your specified radius, and then display them visually. When the video starts, Selwyn will already have it set up to show his example: closest airports in the area. But, he'll take you into design mode and then map properties to show you how he generated the results in ascending order.

When you check to make sure that your search preference (ascending or descending order) has been implemented, notice the "order by" clause in blue hyperlink-style font between the Google map and the toolbar with the search results. You'll see the portable geography syntax, which makes this possible. Go ahead and use it as a reference point if you're not sure your search has been set up properly.

It pops up automatically, but if you need more details head to design mode, then into the grid component to hit the sequel query to see how it's done in the code. By the time Selwyn gets through the full video, you'll see the execution of the full search. In the far right of the toolbar, you'll see the exact distance of the locations in ascending or descending order.

This example will be in ascending order, measured by meters. It's a pretty easy feature to configure for something so useful -- all it takes is a simple click in the properties tab. But as you know, I'd never make you take my word for it, so make sure to give this video a look!

Order by Distance

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Alpha Five Version 11 Feature Peek #2: Map your data

I told you how you'll be able to integrate Google Maps into your database applications in Alpha Five Version 11. Today I'm going to tell you how Version 11 will provide you with the ability to easily build GISs (Graphical Information System) around your data.

A GIS captures, stores, analyzes, manages, and presents data on a map. Using this feature in Web and mobile database applications can be beneficial, but costly. Commercial standalone GIS systems can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

But GIS and mapping capabilities will be baked into Alpha Five Version 11. For example, if you're building a real estate app, you can graphically show where the homes in your database are located. But you could also draw a circle around a geographic area on a map to narrow down your choices of homes, and so forth.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Alpha Five Version 11 Feature Peek #1: Google Maps integration

You'll never have to ask for directions again with the new Google Maps integration in Alpha Five Version 11. Now you can graphically display your records in the Grid on a Google Map. In the videos below, Selwyn uses a Grid that lists the name, city, state, zip, latitude, and longitude of airports to demonstrate the many ways you can display the records on the map.

He walks you through how to add the the new alternate view under Properties. Then he shows how to include different icons on the map to represent different records, allow the Detail View to pop up when you click on a record in the map, add a search field where the results are displayed on the map, the multiple ways the map can be viewed or laid out, and much more.

A Google Map is just one of the many different ways you're going to be able to view data in a Grid in Version 11, but more of that to come in another post. Most importantly, this new feature trims some significant time off of incorporating a Google Map into your app on your own. And with the demand for locational references in applications, this is something end users are going to benefit from too.

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