Monday, February 26, 2007

GeoKit

Back in 1994 I put together a web based great circle distance calculator as part of my CSci 150 project. The front-end was a Perl CGI, and the back-end was a C program that did the actual calculations. I wish I still had some of the code..

These kinds of little applications are common now--but were all the rage in 1994. In retrospect, it underlined the "new era" that was being ushered in by the Internet and the World Wide Web. The ability for somebody to provide such utility to a world wide audience was suddenly very easy.

In keeping with the Rails/GIS theme from my earlier post, now there's a nice looking RoR GIS kit called GeoKit. Enjoy.

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