Where is Ed?

After a rather lengthy hiatus, I’m back to blogging once again.  I was awakened from my reverie by an old friend who noted that a few folks had wondered if I was still alive and kicking.  Not to worry, I’m still busy with SQL Server Spatial.  But back to the central question: Where is Ed? 

One of the things I’ve been up to is working with my colleague Olivier on a little project, not coincidentally named "Where is Ed?" or WiE, for short.  The goal of WiE started simply enough – build an application using off-the-shelf Microsoft technology to track my location, anywhere in the World (well, at least when I was visible to the GPS satellite constellation and had WiE tracking turned on in my Windows Mobile-equipped phone).

I won’t go into a lot of detail about WiE since Olivier has written extensively about it on his blog and has created a CodePlex site from which the underlying code can be downloaded.  The basic architecture is as follows:


The public face to WiE is presented at the site: http://www.wiecommunity.com.


You might note the references to George Curious and Thomas Engine in the list of Friends.  These are test users, inspired by Olivier’s children’s interests ;-).

When either Olivier or I are active, you can observe our location and a trace of our route:


Please bear in mind that this project is a work in progress, with numerous minor details still being worked out.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know.

Comments (2)

  1. Being an old guy (even an "old friend’) entitles one to pass along advice from time to time.  However, WiE is the neatest response I’ve ever witnessed in response to my advice/nagging.  Well done Ed and Olivier!