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Re: Calculating Distance

by rinceWind (Monsignor)
on Feb 21, 2007 at 19:13 UTC ( #601407=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Calculating Distance

We've encountered this requirement for http://openguides.org. Here, alongside the lat + long, we store planar X-Y coordinates in the database, using a projection such as UTM or Ordnance Survey. Then, we use Pythagoras in SQL queries to find all entries within the distance.

This works well for city guides - our main application, but less well over large distances, where curvature of the oblate spheroid that is the Earth, becomes a factor.

I don't know what your application is, but check out OpenGuides, as there's probably quite a bit of code you can reuse. Or even set up a Guide yourself, if that's what you are trying to achieve.

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