Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Serving-up GeoJSON while having a REST on the GeoCouch

Wow, it's been a while.  Between having my tonsils removed (which is not pleasant as an adult), to finishing up with my employer of 11 years and starting a new job, things have been rather hectic over the last few months, but I have found time to put together my third post on my GeoJSON adventure that I have been dabbling with for the last 6 months or so.

I set out on this GeoJSON journey to investigate the definition as a spatial format specification, and to see what I could get for free in terms of interoperability, and I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of applications that support the format.

In my first post on Tile5 rendering GeoJSON I was interested mainly on the map rendering side of things and what I needed to do to massage my data into GeoJSON to take advantage of that rendering.

In my second post on Leaflet rendering GeoJSON passed from ExpressJS/NodeJS I delved more into the interoperability of GeoJSON between Leaflet on the client, and the javascript application server serving data from PostGIS, which was able to return query results in GeoJSON format.

In this third post I have taken the next step, storing my GeoJSON data in a NoSql database - CouchDB, and exposing it directly from the database to the client.