Archive for the 'Maps' Category

Williamsburger Maps, V3.0
Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Although this isn’t a huge upgrade, there were enough files created or renamed in the background that I felt this warranted a new major version number. There shouldn’t be any visible functionality changes here.

Bug Fixes

  • Upgraded map code to work within WordPress 2.0. See notes here.

Features

  • Extracted some of the core effects code into reusable JavaScript files (here and here).
Williamsburger Maps, V2.7
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Version 2.7 of Williamsburger Maps replaces the buggy, slow, memory-leaking OpenRico effects code with script.aculo.us widgets, as well as includes a minor data model change on the backend to support international locations.

Bug Fixes

  • With the removal of OpenRico, the grab and drag functionality of the map has been finally restored in Firefox. I’ve also been able to remove a few extra methods I’d made to wrap exactly what’s done in the script.aculo.us Effect.BlindUp / Effect.BlindDown functions.
  • Increased the width of the map panel popups to avoid 75-pixel line wrapping

New Bugs Noticed

  • Since I’m using Firefox 1.5 now, it’s picking up on a few other CSS and JavaScript warnings; I’ll try to figure those out in a future version. The oddest is a complaint about parsing a z-index CSS property, but I don’t define z-index in any of my own files. It may be coming from an external JavaScript file, but that’s not clear from the error message.
Williamsburger Maps, v2.6
Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Williamsburger Maps, v2.6

Version 2.6 of Williamsburger Maps includes added functionality to the ratings buttons, as well as a bug fix for MenuPages menus.

Features / UI Changes

  • On/off buttons for restaurants by rating, and additional stylesheet settings to manage the on/off look and feel of these buttons.
  • Renamed the ratings buttons to add a bit of personality to them.
  • Initialize the map to show only the businesses tagged as great & good, as the bad ones aren’t nearly as important. This seems to speed the loading of the map as well.
  • Added notation in menu links for Williamsburger Menus, my attempt to add to the online repository of NYC delivery menus.
  • Move rating buttons above the map, along with the “about” link.

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South Side Map
Sunday, August 7th, 2005

Williamsburger Maps, South Side

Welcome Williamsburg’s South Side to the site as the sixth Williamsburger Map!

Williamsburger Menus
Saturday, August 6th, 2005

As wired New Yorkers, we demand immediate access to information. In the case of restaurant delivery, that means quick access to all local menu options without having to shuffle through a messy stack of duplicate and out of date menus. Even worse is when the perfect menu just isn’t anywhere in sight.

Frequently, it seems restaurants don’t go to the effort of making their delivery menus available online. MenuPages and FreeWilliamsburg do a great job of covering this failing in Manhattan and Williamsburg, respectively, but there’s always ones which will be missed. Here’s where Williamsburger can help fill in the gaps.

I’ve begun scanning in a few menus I’ve acquired which don’t appear to be anywhere else online, built pages to display them, and then integrated links to those pages into the Williamsburger Maps project. There’s also a little bit of integration the other way around; rather than handcoding address / phone info into the menu pages themselves, they’re pulling data out of the maps database and displaying from there.

To see the menus scanned so far, visit the new Williamsburger Menus section of the site.