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About Data    |   August 8, 2014   |   By Aaron Koning

Moving Data over the Web: AJAX vs. WebSockets vs. Webhooks

My colleague once referred to FME Server as “web glue”, and he’s not wrong to call it that. In fact, I spend a fair bit of my time experimenting with methods for moving data over the web. In this post I’m going to focus on three of the most popular methods: AJAX, HTML5 WebSockets, and Webhooks. […]

Author:
Aaron Koning
FME
About FME    |   August 1, 2014   |   By Tiana Warner

CAT to GIS: Tracking Cats via GPS on Google Earth

Where do cats go when they’re outside all day and night? What do they do? How do they entertain themselves? Is there a secret cat meeting place in every major city? When Safers found out about Cat Tracker, we couldn’t resist. This science project is dedicated to tracking your cat’s GPS locations to find out […]

Author:
Tiana Warner
FME
About FME    |   July 23, 2014   |   By Tiana Warner

Automatically Sync Data with Google Maps Engine

Sean Wohltman of Google has published a series of video tutorials on how to automatically synchronize any data with Google Maps Engine. He uses a simple FME Workspace to check for updates on the data, and automates the workflow with an FME Server instance running on Google Compute Engine. At the time of writing, there are three videos, […]

Author:
Tiana Warner
DATA
About Data    |   July 17, 2014   |   By Tiana Warner

17 Ways to Be a Raster Master

The beautiful thing about rasters is that they’re useful for both visualizing and mathematical analysis. They’re simple, versatile, and the best way to represent data on a continuous, pixel-by-pixel basis. Here are a bunch of ways you can work with this data type—and I hope the list inspires you to think of even more possibilities. […]

Author:
Tiana Warner
DATA
About Data    |   July 10, 2014   |   By Don Murray

7 Reasons to Love XML and its ‘Baby Brother’ JSON

XML technology is something that we have worked tirelessly on for over 10 years, and we have grown to love it. Over that time our feelings towards it have changed from “Fear” (when we learned of yet another way that XML is being used to represent information) to “Adoration” (when we discover a new format that is based on XML). Here […]

Author:
Don Murray
FME
About FME    |   July 2, 2014   |   By Mark Ireland

FME 2014 Use Case: Checking FME Transformer Versions

At the recent FME Worldwide User Conference I had many conversations with users, from which I made many learnings(!) about the ways in which FME might be improved.

A recurring conversation was how difficult it is to recognize which transformers have been updated in a newer version of FME. Let’s look at why this is an issue – or even if! – and what solutions there are.

Author:
Mark Ireland
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