I am querying a point feature using a PostGIS request fired in JavaScript. The decoded URL looks like this and returns great results for polygon features.

http://test.tablelocation.com/api/v1/sql/?q=select '+tempCoi+' from '+tempTableName+' where ST_Intersects(the_geom, ST_GeomFromText('POINT('+clickLng+' '+clickLat+')',4326))&format=json&diagnostics=true&_maxage=86400&callback=?

As you can see, there are a few dynamic Javascript variables that are injected into each URL request. Two of these variables (clickLng and clickLat) specify the lat/lng of my query. They are generated based on where the user clicks on a google map. I am returning one attribute from the point layer referenced via the tempCoi variable. When I try to query a point feature, no data is returned.

I am guessing that this is because the location of my query is too specific (i.e. 6+ decimal points).

To make a long question shorter, is there a way to fuzz my data request.

For example, if I click at 45.123456N and -113.654987W how could I look for the closest point to that query?

Hope this is clear...

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Passing SQL in your URLs directly looks risky to me.

Otherwise, the method you are looking for is https://postgis.net/docs/ST_DWithin.html

  • Thanks Relet.. I'll look into ST_DWithin. Why is passing URLs risky? I am pretty new to web development.
    – jotamon
    Mar 28, 2012 at 13:02
  • Passing SQL code is risky. What happens if someone calls that URL with q=drop+database+yourdatabasename ? You may have set the correct permissions to disallow that, but in general database permissions are not fine grained enough to prevent all forms of possible abuse (for a less drastic example, reading data from tables that shouldn't be public).
    – relet
    Mar 28, 2012 at 13:18

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