Today I learned:
- How to reduce the size of a geoJSON file by simplifying the geometry of a map in QGIS
- How to use the MapBox and ESRI Leaflet geocoding APIs
- How to add markers to a Leaflet map
- How to create and switch between multiple branches in GitHub
- How to effectively use GitHub for a real team project
Whew! What a day! After 10 hours at the hackathon, I walked home and spent the whole evening moving more stuff to my new apartment and cleaning. And first thing tomorrow morning, I’m doing it all over again!
I didn’t have time to work on my meetup website project today, but at least I did learn about lots of other interesting stuff from a diverse team of map-makers, graphic designers, programmers and writers. I saw lots of my friends there, too! There’s no substitute for the experience of building a real thing to solve real problems side-by-side with real people! I hope I can find a way to make similar experiences a regular part of my life. That’s why I started the Learn to Code LA meetup group, so hopefully I can build on this experience to make better events and share the same excitement with my community.