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.