Thursday, August 01, 2013

An OpenShift app for mapping river levels

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I wrote my first OpenShift app a couple of weeks back. It's an interactive map of USGS stream gauges--i.e. it shows the river height and flow for about 9,500 locations throughout the US. I was kinda excited to do this as it was something I've been wanting to do for a few years, and even spent some time poking at it, but it always seemed as if it was going to be too much work to pull all the pieces together. However, between code and blog posts that one of my colleagues put together and the way that OpenShift (Red Hat's Platform-as-a-Service) simplifies a lot of the back-end "plumbing," I was able to get over the hump and get the app on the screen.
Check out the app (http://wwos-bitmason.rhcloud.com) or check out the fairly lengthy blog post I wrote about how the app works over at the OpenShift site. I'll be following up with another post that goes into more detail about the data itself.
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