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Old 08-05-2008, 05:54 PM   #1
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**EDIT: Let me begin by saying that this isn't a school project, this is out of pure curiosity and the reason why I'm looking to do this is below**

Our fire department has software already that we use to sum up our situation before we arrive on-scene, we use On-Scene Xplorer for this, see below:

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I'm trying to create a program much like this one: Onscene Xplorer
The on-scene software allows us to store information for the buildings in our first-due area (drawings, what type of suppression system the building has, manager name and phone numbers, etc, etc.). It's a pretty interesting program and is like a fancy version of google maps, or any mapping program just taken a step further.

This software is extremely pricey and I was curious how hard it would be to create a similar program to test on our squad, something perhaps in-house that we could tweak on our own. We do not have satellite service so the GPS functions and internet access based programs will do the squad no good.

Just me thinking outside of the box and seeing how hard it would be to create this type of program.

I want to build a pretty basic program, one that utilizes maps. Type in an address and it takes you there (or roughly where the user asks) and I want to be able to store information about that input (type of home, contacts, names, etc.)

What am I looking at here? What type of programming will I need to accomplish this?

I'm willing to teach myself and learn a few things, but I think I may be going in over my head here.
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:58 PM   #2
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If you're not putting any private info, there's google my maps

http://local.google.com/support/bin/...n&answer=68480

The downside is it's google, the upside it's pretty much what you want.

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Wow, this sounds ambitious. Some of the newer contacts stoftware might incorporate maps. And, of course some of the map software will take you there, but probably not keep a contacts list.

You could create an access DB (or any of the big ones) and have a contacts DB for listing these items, and then link images from google maps that you've taken screenshots of. That way you can use the DB to look up the contact according to any of the fields, and the record would also contain the screen shot of the map you previously looked up.

I have used "Print Key" program that I think is free download. You can select a rectangle of the screen instead of full screen. There are likely others out there.

This sounds like a simple Database to create. You'd likely be successful if you follow a couple of tutorials.

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You might also have a look here:
http://www.esri.com/

I put myself through college programming GIS applications for the US forestry service, the phone companes, etc... ESRI tools were behind a lot of what I did. Only thing is, while its easy its also expensive - requires a license not only for the tools, but a license for the Tiger data as well.

Google Maps does have a Javascript API and its free, so I'd have to agree with bad_coffee its a good place to start especially if you're a beginner.

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I'm trying to create a program much like this one: Onscene Xplorer

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As previously suggested...I definitely think you should look at the google API. The best part is you can use easy to learn javascript.

http://code.google.com/apis/maps/

You could marry this to a simple web page and a basic database.

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Well, the thing is, this all has to be done with no internet access.

Would I be able to use the google maps without access to the web?

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Have a look at this:
http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer/index.html

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the only thing is that utilizes the internet, something I can't utilize for this program...

very cool anyway.
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Well, the thing is, this all has to be done with no internet access.

Would I be able to use the google maps without access to the web?
You can use http://www.microsoft.com/streets/default.mspx

This is a great tool. I use it when I am on the road and don't have internet access.
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