Mapbox Cookbook

Over 35 recipes to design and implement uniquely styled maps using the Mapbox platform

Book Description:

Maps are an essential element in today’s location aware applications. Right from displaying earth surface information to creating thematic maps displaying plethora of information, most of the developers lack the necessary knowledge to create customizable maps with combination of various tools and libraries. The MapBox platform is one such platform which offers all the tools and API required to create and publish a totally customizable map.

Starting with building your first map with the online MapBox Editor, we will take you all the way to building advanced web and mobile applications with totally customizable map styles. Through the course of chapters we’ll learn CartoCSS styling language and understand the various components of MapBox platform and their corresponding JavaScript API.

In the initial few chapters we will dive deeper into the TileMill and MapBox Studio components of MapBox and use them to generate custom styled map tiles and vector maps. Furthermore, we will publish these custom maps using PHP, node.js and third party tools like Geoserver.

We’ll also learn to create different visualizations and map styles like a choropleth map, a heat map and add user interactivity using a UFTGrid. Moving on, we dive into advanced concepts and focus on integration with third party services like Foursquare, Google FusionTables, CartoDB, and Torque to help you populate and even animate your maps.

In the final chapter we’ll learn to use the Mapbox SDK to create and publish interactive maps for the iOS platform. By the end of this book, you will learn about MapBox GL and how to create a fully functional, location-aware mobile app, using the maps styles created in the recipes.

What You Will Learn

  • Get accustomed to the MapBox Editor to visually style your maps
  • Learn everything about CartoCSS, and how it will help you fine tune your styled maps
  • Use MapBox Studio and Tilemill to generate your own tiles and vector maps
  • Publish your maps using a variety of technologies like node.js, PHP, and Geoserver
  • Integrate with third party APIs and services to populate your maps with public or private data
  • Create many different map visualization styles like choropleth and heat maps, add interactivity, and even learn how to animate data over time
  • Work with many different data formats and external services to create robust maps
  • Learn to use MapBox GL to create a mobile application