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Whats to say... well I'm a geek, I've always been a geek and I'll always be a geek.

I love writing software and tinkering with computer related stuff in general.

I run my own I.T consultancy company called "Digital Solutions Computer Software UK", I'm a Pluralsight author and the UK & Europe group manager for Lidnug (One of the largest .NET related user groups on the Linked-In network)

I'm a Microsoft Community Leader, presenter & lecturer of development related topics, oh and a Write a few computer books here and there for things like the Syncfusion Succinctly range.

I work across Linux, Unix, Windows and use lots of different languages in order to ply my trade, I've been working in I.T now for the best part of 30 years and will probably be here for at least another 30.


Feb
2
comment Can someone give the absolute lowdown on the following list of spatial operators
Hi BradHards, thanks for that tip, I already have spatial indexes on the required tables.
Jan
23
comment Can someone give the absolute lowdown on the following list of spatial operators
Ah yes, now I reread that, I understand what you mean.
Jan
21
comment Can someone give the absolute lowdown on the following list of spatial operators
Hi Luke. I did originally try using an MBR, but then realized I can't rotate it. Unfortunately I have to rotate the box to point in the direction of a GPS bearing so it has to be a polygon. Thanks for the suggestion though.
Jan
21
comment Can someone give the absolute lowdown on the following list of spatial operators
Yea, i hear ya there... the world of I.T is full of standards that no one ever seems to honour, thanks for the info I'll go look for a copy of the paper.
Jan
21
comment Can someone give the absolute lowdown on the following list of spatial operators
WOW!! The link is super useful, had a quick scan, going to read it in more detail a little later.
Dec
18
comment What format is this GPS tracking string?
quite possible, I'm just making an educated guess based on what I see :-) If you re-read the part where I mention the co-ordinates I tried to break them down into decimal minutes, but the values just don't fit correctly.
Sep
29
comment Looking for qml specification
Yea that was my worry, that said it's really not that complex, a weekends detective work and you should be able to figure the structure out yourself quite easily.
Sep
27
comment Looking for qml specification
Yes I have. I wrote a small .NET application to extract the style information used in a QGis project and import it into a web based control system used in-house for one of my clients, so their web maps looked the same as the projects their GIS team where using.
Sep
27
comment Looking for qml specification
As for the DTD on the contrary, it's very useful : xmlfiles.com/dtd a correctly formed DTD will tell you what you can and cannot put in an XML file created using it, in most cases when using a good editor it will also tell you the data type and (In the case of visual studio) will even give intellisense to show the compound types under a tag. All that leaves you to do is a little bit of research as to what the tags and attributes hold, which in most cases is fairly self explanatory. Iv'e done it loads of times with different XML files.
Sep
27
comment Looking for qml specification
Again, please read the last paragraph in my reply for your answer :-)
Sep
27
comment Looking for qml specification
Please read the last paragraph in my reply, starting : 'There's even a DTD.....' the DTD in question is embeded in the first line of the XML file, in XML file terms the DTD IS the specification.
Sep
27
comment improve Google map loading time?
Same here, I just tried it, and loads ok for me. However far short of using a cache of some sort then any load speed is going to be down to how busy your link to Google is. You might want to consider running on a server with 2 interface cards and 2 interdependent IP's, have your web server bound to one, then route all your other private traffic over the second.
Aug
22
comment What is the best way to join lots of small polygons to form a larger polygon?
I didn't know about 'SnapTo' I'll give that a try :-) Tks. Unfortunately, no, not using PG 2 just yet, upgrade is in the pipeline though.
Aug
22
comment What is the best way to join lots of small polygons to form a larger polygon?
Sorry for the confusion: What I meant by my description was one larger polygon created from the smaller ones, I realise that depending on context 'Outer Ring' may mean different things to different folks, my intention was to describe a single polygon created from the boundary present around each polygon group.
Aug
22
comment What is the best way to join lots of small polygons to form a larger polygon?
For those that are interested you can download the county boundaries and more, right here: ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/products/os-opendata.html
Aug
22
comment What is the best way to join lots of small polygons to form a larger polygon?
Hi CHEnderson you are in fact correct, yes I am using the boundary layer data set from OS Opendata, unfortunately the county boundaries are not complete, the actual County's shape file only includes those that are named as counties, the London boroughs contains the areas around London, and other files all have some parts in, some lower and smaller levels than the others. The only file that has the entire outline of the UK in, and subsequently any chance of extracting all upper level counties and municipal boundaries in one layer is the parishes layer, hence why I'm attempting to do so.
Aug
21
comment What is the best way to join lots of small polygons to form a larger polygon?
I tried that and got slightly different results, however is a geometry collection what I need? I'm essentially trying to make one big polygon, optionally with holes in it (Specifically in Derbyshire & nottinghamshire where both derby & Nottingham form separate districts right in the centre. I did observe the speed difference though, so thats kewl.
Aug
21
comment What is the best way to join lots of small polygons to form a larger polygon?
Not yet, will try that now. Tks. Do you have link for dissolve examples?
Aug
21
comment What is the best way to join lots of small polygons to form a larger polygon?
Hi dmahr, thanks for the clarification, wasn't sure what it was called, however if you read my question you'll see I already tried that :-)
Aug
21
comment Does OSGeo4W install a 32 bit or 64 bit version of QGIS?
No idea, but I have it (and QGis 1.8) installed on my X64 Win7 and everything works just fine.