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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 external data to your map

Leaflet (which Mapbox.js is based on) only supports the GeoJSON format out of the box. What if we want to add other types of data to our maps? As we saw in the previous chapter, Leaflet has an incredibly strong community that creates plugins. The plugin we are going to use, and which is going to help us accomplish this task, is called Omnivore. Omnivore is capable of loading several different file formats. We briefly discussed some of them in previous recipes:

  • Well-known text (WKT): This is a text markup language for representing vector geometry. It supports points, lines, polygons, multipolygons, curves, surfaces, and many other types of vector geometry. There is a binary equivalent of this format called WKB.

  • Keyhole Markup Language (KML): This is an XML-based format used to display geographic data. It is mostly used by Google.

  • GPX exchange format: This is an XML-based format that is mostly used to describe waypoints, tracks, and routes. Most of the GPS found...