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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

Adding markers and popups

In this recipe, you will learn how to add markers with popups dynamically. We will enhance the previous recipe, which displays a map, and we will add a button that will open a popup in which we can type coordinates.

When we click on the OK button, a new marker will be created, and the map will zoom and pan to the location of this marker; if there are multiple markers, it will zoom to fit them all.

How to do it…

Perform the following steps:

  1. Create a map and add a base layer.

  2. Then add new markers to the map using L.marker([latitude, longitude]).addTo(map);.

  3. Use bindPopup('enter html content here') to bind a popup to the marker.

Adding a basic marker with a popup

Here are the steps to be performed:

  1. Open the chapter-4-example4-starter project folder in your favorite text editor. The project contains the map we used in other recipes with a New Marker button. When this button is clicked on, it will trigger a new method that will open a prompt to type the coordinates. Let's create...