When I last drove to Munich and back, in order to visit my family and girlfriend, I decided to do something especially geeky: track my driving progress. The reason behind me tracking myself was two folded. For one I wanted to see if I could write a full app, front- and back-end to track myself across Europe, but mostly I wanted to keep my folks in the loop of where I am. Usually this was done by repetitively calling or, when having a break, posting or texting many to notify them of my progress. But this is neither live, precise, nor is it a pretty solution. Over a few posts (still to come) I will show you how I:
- designed the iOS app (in Swift with MVC paradigm),
- made a horribly insecure web server to track the (sometimes out of order) data, and
- displayed the entire journey (in correct order) on a Google Map on my webpage.
But for now, here are the tracking results and me waffling about my journey.
One might say that being the proud possessor of a car is nothing too exciting in a first world country, but I love the mobility and flexibility. I wouldn’t disagree with cyclists’ arguments that one need not drive when commuting within a city or travelling within the bounds of a town. But being weather independent, and always warm and dry are just a few benefits my beautiful car offers me – also I’d love to see one of my bicycle friends carrying my fortnightly grocery in their bike 😛 Anyhow, enough about what I do not have in the UK (a bike that is…) and onto the topic at hand: my journey home.