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Mapbox Cookbook

By : Bill Kastanakis, Vasileios Kastanakis
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Mapbox Cookbook

By: Bill Kastanakis, Vasileios Kastanakis

Overview of this book

Maps are an essential element in today’s location aware applications. Right from displaying earth surface information to creating thematic maps displaying plethora of information, most of the developers lack the necessary knowledge to create customizable maps with combination of various tools and libraries. The MapBox platform is one such platform which offers all the tools and API required to create and publish a totally customizable map. Starting with building your first map with the online MapBox Editor, we will take you all the way to building advanced web and mobile applications with totally customizable map styles. Through the course of chapters we’ll learn CartoCSS styling language and understand the various components of MapBox platform and their corresponding JavaScript API. In the initial few chapters we will dive deeper into the TileMill and MapBox Studio components of MapBox and use them to generate custom styled map tiles and vector maps. Furthermore, we will publish these custom maps using PHP, node.js and third party tools like Geoserver. We’ll also learn to create different visualizations and map styles like a choropleth map, a heat map and add user interactivity using a UFTGrid. Moving on, we dive into advanced concepts and focus on integration with third party services like Foursquare, Google FusionTables, CartoDB, and Torque to help you populate and even animate your maps. In the final chapter we’ll learn to use the Mapbox SDK to create and publish interactive maps for the iOS platform. By the end of this book, you will learn about MapBox GL and how to create a fully functional, location-aware mobile app, using the maps styles created in the recipes.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Mapbox Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Creating static images

Using Mapbox services, you can easily create static images in your map. Static images are useful because you may want to limit the user from exploring other areas. Plus, if this is the case, it will save bandwidth from your hosted Mapbox account.

How to do it…

Let's dissect the following Mapbox services request. Most of the request remains the same as the individual tiles' requests in the previous recipe. One important difference is that this time, we provide the latitude, longitude, and zoom level instead of individual tile numbers, as follows:{lon},{lat},{z}/{width}x{height}.{format}?access_token=<your access token>
  • {lon}: This is the longitude; coordinates range from -180 to 180 using a decimal separator.

  • {lat}: This is the latitude; coordinates range from -85 to 85 using a decimal separator.

  • {z}: This is the zoom level supported by them and integer ranging from 1 to 19.

  • {width}: This is the image width in pixels....