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mapster.me

We are a Vancouver startup specializing in interactive mapping. We are also deeply interesting in helping non-profits of all stripes to get their projects online.

Maps

Free Courses on YouTube

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve posted at all on the blog, but it’s not because we haven’t been busy. We’ve been building tons of great mapping applications, helping Native-Land.ca get off the ground, and working with tons of new clients. We will be featuring some of our work in coming posts, as well as some helpful content for new digital mapmakers.

For now, this post is to announce that we’ve decided to add our Leaflet course and our Mapbox Studio & Mapbox GL JS course free on YouTube now — not just on Udemy! We want to make mapping available to all the masses and anyone who wants to learn. We figure that’s a good business decision, in addition to helping everybody out to learn the best they can.

The videos are a little outdated, but we sure hope they can help people out. That’s what keeps us going, after all — knowing that we’re contributing in some way to make things better.

Stay tuned for more, coming soon!

Locate Mapster… at Locate!

So, this business thing is quite a ride. I wasn’t expecting things to be easy, but then, I didn’t know what to expect. It’s fun, tiring, and mostly just really interesting. Mapster keeps growing, and there’s Native Land to manage at the same time, and new people, and life changes… it’s a lot!

At the end of this month, we’re going to be going to the Locate conference in San Francisco. We made a really nice connection the Mapbox team a few weeks ago, and it’s been exciting to chat back and forth about all the cool tools we’re making and our awesome projects.

Mapbox has been really great, even though they must be so busy with the conference coming up fast. Here’s a few things they did for us:

  • Set up Native Land as a community member — so we put the front page map back to Mapbox!
  • Got us involved in the Developer Network
  • Helped out with some credits for people who take our Udemy course
  • Were really nice and fun and got us excited about the future of our company!

I hope that we can angle our way into some kind of developer table at Locate — even just for 10 minutes — because I really want to show off the awesome things we’ve done with Mapbox. Like…

  • WP Mapbox GL JS (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-mapbox-gl-js/)
  • Map Digitizer (https://mapster.me/map-digitizer)
  • The Udemy course
  • Native Land
  • A few of our fun projects in autonomous cars, historical mapping, and more

I think we’re helping to open up Mapbox to the whole world by creating interactive map editors like the WP Mapbox GL JS plugin. Mapbox does a great job for developers, and it’s time for that to get connected to non-technical users. We can, and are, working to make Mapbox available for the masses!

We’re also going to be at the Mapping & Social Impact Breakfast event with Marena Brinkhurst … so come get nerdy about maps and meaning-making with us!

Anyway, there’ll be a few of us at Locate: Developer Ruby Kulikowska, VP Biz Dev Duncan Kennedy, and me, Victor Temprano. Send us a note and let’s meet up and chat if you’re interested! Or, just let’s enjoy the conference and come away with some great new ideas for mapping!

Look forward to seeing you at Locate,

Victor Temprano
Founder, Mapster Tech

Courses & Help

It’s important to us that other people are empowered in making super awesome things online. We have made quite a few courses on a variety of subjects, ranging from ReactJS to mapping and more.

We also have made quite a few helpful products and modules, and we work at making sure these are up-to-date and open-source for the community and for whoever can benefit.

If you have any questions, want some clarification, or wish we had a particular course, just get in touch!


Courses

Interactive Mapping in Mapbox – this course covers everything you need to know about using Mapbox Studio and Mapbox GL JS. Learn about managing data, the strengths and weaknesses of Mapbox, styling maps, loading them online and more!

LeafletJS – this course takes you from start to finish with LeafletJS. You learn a lot of other information about mapping too, like about interface design, mobile considerations, and more. We also take you through some pretty cool extras like heatmaps and geolocation!

ReactJS – this course is designed to get you deep into ReactJS and ready to make apps. We use it internally at Mapster, especially to help devs familiar with React but needing some brushing up in Redux or other parts of their React repertoire.

Youtube Videos – you can find our YouTube channel here. We post tips for solving interactive map problems and brief tutorials. We’re always working on uploading new content, so hit the ‘Subscribe’ button to stay up-to-date!

Libraries

Mapbox GL Draw Rotate Mode

Plugins

WP React CRA Boilerplate Plugin 

Learn A Language Plugin 

WP Mapbox GL JS Plugin 

Mapping Resources

This post was born from the ashes of Mapzen — when they went down in early 2018, they put up a really useful post with some good mapping resources that made up for some things they have provided.

I’ve added some of my own picks here, and the list will constantly grow. Please inform us of any broken links and we will remove/replace ASAP.


Basemaps, Vector tile services

Mobile SDKs

Routing

Search & geocoding

Data

Editors, Linters, Converters

Guides

Information

Why Victor Built Native-Land.ca

This post originally appeared on Codementor.com and Native-Land.ca.

Native-Land.ca is probably the project I’m proudest of. I had to put together pretty much the whole dataset (although I’ve had tons of help!), and over the past couple years it’s gone viral a few times. While I don’t make any money off this project, it has gotten me a lot of interest and some good connections.

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Pros and cons of using Mapbox for your project

These days, there’s so many mapping platforms out there that it can be a real hassle deciding what to use. Between Google Maps APILeafletMapboxOpenStreetMaps, arcGIS and more, it’s too much to figure out if you’re not in the know.

So I’m here to help you out a bit — at least with Mapbox. Mapbox has recently (as in, in the past year or so) rolled out a total revision to the way their mapping is done. Now data must flow in a very managed fashion through datasets to tiles and styles. It’s a little confusing at first, and I’ll give you a bird’s-eye perspective on Mapbox’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to a few typical projects.

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Google Maps API or Leaflet: What’s Best for your Project?

It can be pretty overwhelming and complex to decide on a mapping API to use when you’re new to the whole idea of interactive mapping, and when you might not know exactly where your project will go.

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Custom Infobox Labels with Google Maps Places API

Many companies are interested in finding out how many of a certain business-type, competitor, supplier, or otherwise, might be in a particular area. Or maybe you’re making an app and you only want users to see information about nearby parks.

If the area being searched is relatively small (one or two cities), the Google Places API is a great choice for querying businesses and other local locations. It is a bit complex to implement this in a lot of specific details, but getting started is a breeze.

Let’s make a basic map that takes a set of latitude and longitude, and returns a set of simple nearby labels showing particular kinds of local places.

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