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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 Foursquare data to your map

In this recipe, we are going to learn how to use the Foursquare API, and populate a Mapbox base map with Foursquare data. We are going to populate the map with venues as we pan and zoom.

How to do it…

The following steps need to be performed:

  1. Create a developer account at Foursquare.

  2. Create a new app to get your client ID and client secret.

  3. Construct a request to the Foursquare venues endpoint. Make sure that you are passing either the latitude and longitude using the ll parameter, or a city with the near parameter.

    The query parameter with a venue category, and the v parameter for the API versioning are also required.

  4. Once the request is constructed, use jQuery's getJSON function to call the endpoint.

  5. Enumerate through the returned results, and for each venue, create a new marker.

  6. Add all the markers to a new layer, and add the layer to the map.

Foursquare has a public API that is free to use as long as you have a developer account. It's a RESTful API, and using...