JS Library For Image & Vector-Tiled Maps

Polymaps is a free JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive maps in modern web browsers.

Polymaps provides speedy display of multi-zoom datasets over maps, and supports a variety of visual presentations for tiled vector data, in addition to the usual cartography from OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and other providers of image-based web maps.

“Because Polymaps can load data at a full range of scales, it’s ideal for showing information from country level on down to states, cities, neighborhoods, and individual streets.

Because Polymaps uses SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) to display information, you can use familiar, comfortable CSS rules to define the design of your data.

And because Polymaps uses the well known spherical mercator tile format for its imagery and its data, publishing information is a snap.”

References
PolyMaps: http://polymaps.org/
QuadTiles: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/QuadTiles

IIS Media Services 4.0 Beta is now available

There’s a new download available for IIS Media Services. Though still in Beta, real Beta not “Google Beta”, some new key features are:
  • One Encoding Format, One Server, Many Devices – including iPhone
  • Easy Content Conversio
  • Content Creation
  • Rich Player Options
  • New Live Smooth Streaming Features
If you are not already familiar with it, IIS Media Services is an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform, that delivers true HD (720p+) live and on-demand streaming, DVR functionality, and real-time analytics support to computers, TVs, and mobile devices. By offering a complete multi-format media delivery platform and a proven Web server, highly immersive websites can now be managed from a single Web platform: IIS.

Download links

UI Dragging : Dragdealer JS

Dragdealer is a drag-based JavaScript component that embraces endless front-end solutions. Elegantly crafted for JavaScript-aware coders.

The script is pretty flexible with options like:

  • working horizontally or vertically
  • defining the initial positions of the slider (x/y)
  • setting the number of steps for the slider
  • snapping to the steps
  • and much more.

Dragdelaer JS has callbacks on both release and move events which makes any type of interactions possible.

Mockup tool: Balsamiq Mockups

A very, very useful tool and worth the cost, $79 USD is Balsamiq Mockups. It works because Balsamiq Mockups intentionally uses hand-drawn UI elements, so that people don’t get attached to “that pretty color gradient” or think that your mockup has actual code behind it and is “practically done”…

bada: Samsungs new phone OS

Just when I thought I had a handle on what was out there Samsung announced the bada operating system.

Apparently “bada” means ocean in Korean and is supposedly representative of the near boundless limits of the OS. Right, now that sounds familiar. Based on Linux and Enlightenment the general idea is that bada will take on Android and the iPhone. Competition is always good so this should get interesting. Especially if there’s a new spin by implementing features core to Enlightenment such as window grouping, virtual desktops, etc.

Smamsung expects that the first mobile phone handsets based on bada will be on display in the first half of 2010, and to go on sale in the second half of 2010. There’s certainly executive clout behind it, as up to a possible 50 million units are expected to be shipped in 2010.

Samsung also plans to open a bada application store. Now that’s a surprise… Hopefully there are no plans to integrate it with Bing services and give it a name like ‘bada – bing’

http://www.bada.com/developer/challenge/