Looks like Geogeeks will be converging on San Fran this June for another SOTMUSA – State of the map USA. The organizing committee, via their blog, have invited geeks to plan to connect with other mappers, skill up on mapping, learn how to work with OpenStreetMap data, hack on the latest OpenStreetMap improvement from June 8-9, 2013. Taking place over the week-end so work commitments won’t interfere, the main conference will feature a series of community-led sessions on OpenStreetMap case studies, related technology, mapping parties, ideas and tools to help us improve the map, and much more. Check out last year’s schedule for an idea of what’s in store. Follow the event on Twitter @sotmus
Yes indeed, the HTML5 specification is now complete according to the W3C. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published today the complete definition of the HTML5 and Canvas 2D specifications. Though not yet W3C standards, these specifications are now feature complete, meaning businesses and developers have a stable target for implementation and planning. HTML5 is the cornerstone of the Open Web Platform, a full programming environment for cross-platform applications with access to device capabilities; video and animations; graphics; style, typography, and other tools for digital publishing; extensive network capabilities; and more.
W3C has also announced this week the first draft of HTML 5.1 and Canvas 2D, Level 2, an early view of the next round of standardization. See complete details HERE
“The broader the reach of Web technology, the more our stakeholders demand a stable standard,” said W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe. “As of today, businesses know what they can rely on for HTML5 in the coming years, and what their customers will demand…”
Esri Canada has congratulated a Canadian developer, Environmaps, for winning an honorable mention at the recently held AngelHack competition. From Esri… The app leverages ArcGIS, Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) solution, integrated with open-source software and consumer-oriented maps. Through the app, property developers can easily search for a property by address, view data on land use and environmental features, as well as generate maps and PDF reports to support development permit applications. The 67 teams who competed at AngelHack Toronto were given 24 hours to develop a Web app representing their business startup idea. Tu, who works as a land-use planner, conceived the idea for Environmaps and co-developed it with four Web developer friends. See more about the project HERE – Explore Environmaps at: environmaps.com.
Now available in the Google Chrome store, Uber weather (think weather on steroids). To check it out you can also fire up your Google chrome browser and hit http://uberweather.com/ for an awesome experience and be sure to hit the snow icon to see all the places nearby where you can find some snow! See more in this blog post
I just had to share this here also as it seems that the topic of Python is constantly coming up lately… definitely a hot topic on the minds of job seekers, students, and geeks. It seems that there’s no question that for folks looking to hone their skills and add a programming language to their marketable skill-set that Python is it. For those looking to dable in Python and get their feet wet there’s a number of resources that can help. the following list is a good starting point.. .good luck!
The following are 10 Must Bookmark Resources to get you started with Python:
- Google’s Python Class – a free class for people with a little bit of programming experience who want to learn Python
- The Python tutorial – This tutorial does not attempt to be comprehensive and cover every single feature, or even every commonly used feature. Instead, it introduces many of Python’s most noteworthy features, and will give you a good idea of the language’s flavor and style
- The Python Standard Library – this library reference manual describes the standard library that is distributed with Python. It also describes some of the optional components that are commonly included in Python distributions.
If you develop web apps and services or mobile apps, or perhaps are considering porting your apps to mobile / tablet devices then there’s no doubt that HTML5 is an important consideration. And so, here’s a list of 10 articles and resources that will be useful to those interested in learning more about HTML5.
10 Getting Started with HTML5 Resources & Tools:
w3schools is a fine resource with some excellent, basic html and html5 information, sample code, and testing tools. See common sample code, getting started materials, and see your code in an emulator to test prior to deployment.
How to make an html5 app for iOS – here’s a basic but complete tutorial on how to develop a simple offline app for use on iPhone5… a good way to get started.
Time for another Google I/O event and once again Google will be live streaming portions of the event so all of us that couldn’t make it to San Fran can still enjoy it, albeit without all the Google Kool-Aid and amazing free Swag that no doubt the attendees will be walking away with! Live feed is added below (hopefully the code works!) if not, see developers.google.com/events/io
Well, with all the hooplah, reorganization, restructuring, yadayada going on at Nokia the past year or two you can’t really be surprised when you hear something to the effect of Navteq Developer resource NN4D being shut down. Well that’s exactly what we’ve been hearing around here and to yours truly no big surprise I guess! I first heard about this on a website who unfortunately decided not to provide any sources or anything really credible about the story so I won’t even bother wasting my efforts linking into them (you can likely find it on a Google search though!), however, Mobile360 did have a fine report on the matter. I will tell you that I’ve made a couple of calls etc… and can unofficially validate to you that indeed, NNV4 is indeed being shut-down, unfortunate for their entire team – no idea at this early stage what will happen with them. I did notice on G+ that a NN4D staffer did indicate that they were now looking for a job… good luck to everyone at NN4D
I did share the following in a comment with Greg via a G+ comment…
Thanks Greg.. man, I guess I’m not surprised! I’ve had professional dealings with both Navteq and Nokia over the years (as you are well aware of I’m sure). Both companies have tried to keep me in the know but honestly, I’ve never really felt any connection between the 2 ever since the Nokia purchase of Navteq and the disconnect has been huge and pretty tough to figure out. Nokia has graciously brought me to various events, workshops etc… all involving their location (LBS) and mapping solutions but there’s really never even been mention of Navteq at pretty much anything… its always baffled me. Then once the Microsoft/Nokia deal took place I had to wonder, what does this mean for Navteq, and in particular the developer arm.. hell, the whole Nokia developer, forum.nokia, etc… flip flopping, name changing, people coming and going, etc… has served to provide much confusion to most people I’m sure. In short, what a mess… too bad really! Thanks for sharing
Indeed there’s been loads of confusion over the years. For myself, being in the industry and trying to report on matters its been tough. My contacts have all come and gone, keeping up with website names, managers, event names, developer portal names etc… has been a real challenge.For many I’m sure the whole Nokia, Navteq, and now Microsoft (Bing) relationship has been tough to figure out and see the big picture – this fault has to be placed on Nokia in my mind. HEck, the mapping and location services area is tough to figure out indeed but you have to really say that the whole Nokia scene in general is tough to put together. The constant flip-flop name changing of sites and resources, new operating systems, new partners, new marketing efforts.. it really is cluster! For NN4D this means some folks may be out of work it seems, however, hopefully some of them will have opportunities made available with Nokia. Check out the team HERE – you may be able to hire some of them if you act fast!
And so, moving forward, what does this mean for developers who are searching for resources that pertain to Navteq data? Well, I’d have to say you’ll need to hit up Navteq.com for info on that. Naturally you can also check out the official Nokia developer resource now known as Nokia Developer (was Forum Nokia) at http://www.developer.nokia.com. Naturally you can’t discount the Microsoft Bing map developer resources as well given Nokia’s relationship with Microsoft.
Note: at the time of penning this there is no sign of any official statement or blog post by either Nokia or Navteq on the matter. Note, if someone at Navteq or Nokia would like to contact me about this please ping me editor @ gisuser.com
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Here’s a very cool opportunity I learned about in a tip from Kate Chapman, The Hungry Academy. What an amazing idea, to have people compete for an internship! In a nutshell… The Hungry Academy is an intensive program that will put you in a position to join our engineering team. It’s an exclusive program for two dozen dedicated people who want to build amazing products. The project is looking for someone that they can pay to bring to DC for several months as an intern at LivingSocial so they can learn all they need to be an awesome programmer. Applications must be in by Jan 19, 2012 – See http://hungryacademy.com/
The Hungry Academy is a unique and game changing five-month learning experience. It’s your opportunity to push yourself to the limits. At Hungry Academy you’ll:
- Applications will be considered as they come in and must be submitted by January 9th, 2012
- Join us onsite at LivingSocial’s DC office from March through July.
- Work with and be mentored by the industry’s best programmers.
- Learn how to build successful products using software development tools, like Ruby on Rails.
- Prepare yourself to join LivingSocial’s elite engineering team.
- Have a huge impact on the world of local commerce.