[FOSS-GPS] FoxtrotGPS Mapping Library
john.stowers.lists at gmail.com
Sun Apr 25 20:34:29 EDT 2010
On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 3:51 PM, Joshua Judson Rosen
<rozzin at geekspace.com>wrote:
> John Stowers <john.stowers.lists at gmail.com> writes:
> > I was interested to see the announcement of foxtrotgps.
> > I am the author of the mapping library osm-gps-map
> > ( http://nzjrs.github.com/osm-gps-map/) which I originally developed
> > from the tangoGPS codebase when I forked it a few years ago
> > (for many of the same reasons I suspect you did).
> > I suspect you could recreate the whole of tangoGPS UI/app in less than a
> > thousand lines of C, or a few hundred of python. Additionally v0.5.0 is
> > available in the lucid repositories.
> Thanks for letting us know about osm-gps-map.
> At a glance, it looks like osm-gps-map did in fact retain a *huge*
> portion of the functionality of tangoGPS--much of which it'd be
> appropriate to call `core competency', and much of which does in fact
> overlap overlaps with what foxtrotGPS does; and I wouldn't be
> surprised if there are even similarities in *ways* that we're doing
> things, right now (especially given our common lineage...). Though,
> some things *did* certainly change (or get added) in tangoGPS between
> when you forked-off and our 0.99.3 base, so I'll have to allocate some
> time to give osm-gps-map a fair look.
> There are some changes in the works for foxtrotGPS to open things up
> architecturally, generalise some things, and probably integrate some
> of the new newer features (like `friend'-tracking) with some of the
> older features (like self-tracking); we've also been talking about
> pursuing things like different autocentre modes, and smarter
> tile-downloading strategies (like downloading all of the tiles along a
> path). So, I'm curious about how those plans interact with the idea of
> switching to osm-gps-map--how much stuff osm-gps-map would want to
> manage itself, and basically to what extent the library is
> Also at issue, of course, is that I'd rather not run the other direction
> from what Marcus Bauer is doing in tangoGPS `just for the sake of it',
> right now--there's enough higher-priority work right now that doing
> a mapper-engine transplant might not likely be an immediate task anyway.
> I'm planning on spending most of my free time this week doing
> `reverse engineering' work on our GUI module to turn the autogenerated
> C code back into an actual GladeXML file, but I'm going to try
> to find some time between now and next week to look at the osm-gps-map
> API and internals.
Sure, let me know when you have taken a look. I am happy to answer any
questions about osm-gps-map and help you integrate it if you wish.
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