19 Location Technology & Developer Resources from September 2021
September means saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall! It is a time of transition and change, and here at TomTom Developers things have been picking up! Next month you can expect some product updates and a bunch of events, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves: let’s review what happened in September.
TomTom Developer Blogs
This month was all about data science: we explored how you can retrieve, analyze, and visualize data from maps apps using some of our APIs. Think outside the box and see how you can gain valuable insights from mapping data.
Now more than ever, developers and data scientists can glean insights into datasets. This article explores the easiest ways to use data science tools to retrieve, analyze, and visualize data from maps applications. We’ll focus on the Location History API, which keeps track of where things have been over time and allows users to manage multiple objects’ locations.
In honor of Color-Blind Awareness Day, learn how to make your maps more inclusive with color schemes for color blindness with the TomTom Map Styler. Users can customize mapping layers with color palettes created specifically for different color vision ranges, or even create a map with a color schema interpreted by all forms of color vision deficiency all at once.
Data scientists can access a wealth of mapping data to enhance their business insights. Pull TomTom's information into your favorite data science tools using webhooks and APIs, then visualize and analyze away! It's easy with just a bit of Python. This article looks at how you can gain deep insights about more efficient routes and ways to make faster deliveries, or maybe even highlight an area your business can further develop.
Data fuels predictive models. Learn how to access TomTom's historical and real-time traffic data and build it into a predictive model to gain insight into future traffic accidents your company may expect on specific routes and more.
Explore some fun and unique customization features with our Maps APIs. Learn how to help your users find the thrilling route to their destination, haul specific load types like radioactive materials, and discover how far they can get on a tank of fuel.
In this video, we integrated Fuzzy Search with our TomTom Map demo built with Flutter. This time, running on an iOS simulator, we were able to create a biased search for POIs around us, and view the results as markers on our map.
Jeroen Brouwer, Esther Tol, Marcin Graczyk, and Jonathan Americo gave a panel on Traffic Information Services: Addressing Challenges of Modern Cities. To learn more about the event, click here.
If you have any questions or roadblocks while building with our Maps APIs, you can always stop by our Developer Forum or our subreddit r/TomTom to get help from us and the community. Here are some popular posts from this month:
- Missing Glyphs for highways, parks, etc.
- Placing an ImageSource at a point
- Linear Transition of Chevron
- Create text overlay on a map
Even More Resources
These were some of our favorite external articles and videos this month:
- How to ask for help about code, and how to deal with the answers. A practical guide – Tips for solving problems when the answer eludes you.
- Tools for Web Developers To Work Smarter and not Harder - A List Of Front End Developer Tools You Should Use in 2021 to make you more productive, and simplify your work.
- What Programming Language Should I Learn First? – Wondering which language to learn first (or next)? Check out these insights from a web developer.
- Improve your Code Quality Effortlessly – Tech lead Michal Chylik shares some tips and insights on integrating static analysis tools into your development process.
- GitHub Actions 101: Deep Dive into Workflow Attributes – Beginner series to automating your workflow with GitHub actions.
- Note-Taking for Software Engineers – Software Engineer Eduardo Vedes shares his story on how he’s improved and evolved in the way he takes notes, and how that helped him become better at his job.
Do you have a blog or project you’d like to share with the TomTom Developers community to be featured in an upcoming monthly roundup? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
We hope there’s something in here to get you inspired for your next project! Make sure to follow us on Twitter and YouTube to see what’s coming up in October.