RR 356: Geospatial Programming in Ruby with Daniel Azuma and Tee Parham

Episode 363 · April 3rd, 2018 · 56 mins 15 secs

About this Episode


  • Charles Max Wood
  • Eric Berry
  • Special Guests: Daniel Azuma and Tee Parham

In this episode of Ruby Rogues, the panel discusses geospatial programming with Daniel Azuma and Tee Parham. Daniel is a developer at Google and has been doing Ruby for about 14 years. Tee is co-founder and CTO of Neighborland, which is built on Ruby on Rails. Before that, he founded, managed and led technical projects for a small startup for about 8 years. They discuss what geospatial programming is, what RGeo Gem is, and other interesting aspects of geospatial programming.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Daniel and Tee intros
  • What is the landscape when it comes to geospatial programming?
  • What is geospatial programming?
  • Google Maps
  • Get ahold of a lot of data
  • Wide angle of data available
  • Large amount of application available
  • RGeo Gem
  • What does RGeo do?
  • CrimeReports.com
  • Draw shapes on a map to outline the cities or space
  • A lot goes into Geospatial programming
  • What drove you to create this project?
  • Why Ruby?
  • Created out of necessity
  • PostGIS
  • When did this project begin to gain traction?
  • Open sourced it so that other people could use it
  • When did Tee get involved?
  • Rails
  • And much, much more!