[Mobile GIS] GIS on mobile devices

Andrew Turner ajturner at highearthorbit.com
Wed Oct 4 07:56:01 EDT 2006

On 10/2/06, Bob Basques <bob.basques at ci.stpaul.mn.us> wrote:
> All,
> I'm wondering about this whole Mobile application thing from a bigger
> picture, point of view.
> Specifically, I'm wondering about whether the effort should be simply
> put into a generic installation that works on a LAPTOP install with no
> dependencies on any specific Mobile OS, and port to these kinds of
> things after the fact.

I think we can all talk in circles about the platform, OS, etc.
However, this doesn't really accomplish anything more than get into
continuous discussions of Palm vs. Handheld vs. Laptop vs. Micro and
C++ vs. Python, and so on.

Probably the better thing for this group would be to define desired
funtionality, standards used, formats, interfaces, etc. And then let
people go off and develop for their desired/necessary platform, in
their language etc. As appropriate, groups can share code, libraries,
ideas, designs, without forcing anyone/everyone to conform to a single
toolset, etc.

For example, I'd like to see the interface/functionality and standards
chosen so that I could try and implement something on, say, a mobile
phone running Python series 60, or a N770 tablet running Ruby &
wxRuby, and so on.

Just my thoughts on how we can move from what are actually low-level
arguments, into higher-level discussions/definitions.

Andrew Turner
ajturner at highearthorbit.com        42.4266N x 83.4931W
http://highearthorbit.com              Northville, Michigan, USA

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