Spatial Adapter by Guilhem Vellut: A plugin for ActiveRecord which manages the PostGIS geometric columns in a transparent way (that is like the other base data type columns). It also provides a way to manage these columns in migrations.
this = Spatial Adapter + PostGIS Functions - MySQL
PostGIS and Rails 2+ only.
script/plugin install git://github.com/nofxx/postgis_adapter.git
If you are using Spatial Adapter, remove it first.
Geometric columns in your ActiveRecord models now appear just like any other column of other basic data types. They can also be dumped in ruby schema mode and loaded in migrations the same way as columns of basic types.
Here is an example of code for the creation of a table with a geometric column in PostGIS, along with the addition of a spatial index on the column :
ActiveRecord::Schema.define do create_table "table_points", :force => true do |t| t.column "data", :string t.column "geom", :point, :null=>false, :srid => 123, :with_z => true end add_index "table_points", "geom", :spatial=>true end
class TablePoint < ActiveRecord::Base end
That was easy! As you see, there is no need to declare a column as geometric. The plugin will get this information by itself.
Here is an example of PostGIS row creation and access, using the model and the table defined above :
pt = TablePoint.new(:data => "Hello!",:geom => Point.from_x_y_z(-1.6,2.8,-3.4,123)) pt.save pt = TablePoint.find_first puts pt.geom.x #access the geom column like any other
If you use fixtures for your unit tests, at some point, you will want to input a geometry. You could transform your geometries to a form suitable for YAML yourself everytime but the spatial adapter provides a method to do it for you: +to_yaml+. It works for both MySQL and PostGIS (although the string returned is different for each database). You would use it like this, if the geometric column is a point:
fixture: id: 1 data: HELLO geom: <%= Point.from_x_y(123.5,321.9).to_yaml %>
To be documented, here are the cool stuff postgis only let you do:
@point = Poi.new( :geom => **Point** ) @park = Park.new( :geom => **Polygon** ) @street = Street.new( :geom => **LineString** )
@point.inside?(@park) => true @point.in_bounds?(@park, 0.5) # margin => true
@point.outside?(@park) => false
Play with polygons:
@park.area => 1345 @park.contains?(@point) => true
@street_east.intersects?(@street_west) => false @street_central.length => 45.53636
City.close_to(@point) => [Array of cities in order by distance... Street.close_to(@point) => [Array streets in order by distance... Country.contain(@point) => The Conutry that contains the point Areas.contains(@point) => [Array of areas contains the point...
find_by_column has been redefined when column is of a geometric type. Instead of using the Rails default '=' operator, for which I can't see a definition for MySql spatial datatypes and which performs a bounding box equality test in PostGIS, it uses a bounding box intersection: && in PostGIS and MBRIntersects in MySQL, which can both make use of a spatial index if one is present to speed up the queries. You could use this query, for example, if you need to display data from the database: You would want only the geometries which are in the screen rectangle and you could use a bounding box query for that. Since this is a common case, it is the default. You have 2 ways to use the find_by_geom_column: Either by passing a geometric object directly, or passing an array with the 2 opposite corners of a bounding box (with 2 or 3 coordinates depending of the dimension of the data).
In PostGIS, since you can only use operations with geometries with the same SRID, you can add a third element representing the SRID of the bounding box to the array. It is by default set to -1:
Geometric data types
Ruby geometric datatypes are currently made available only through the GeoRuby library (http://georuby.rubyforge.org): This is where the Point.from_x_y in the example above comes from. It is a goal of a future release of the Spatial Adapter to support additional geometric datatype libraries, such as Ruby/GEOS, as long as they can support reading and writing of EWKB.
Since ActiveRecord seems to keep only the string values directly returned from the database, it translates from these to the correct types everytime an attribute is read, which is probably ok for simple types, but might be less than efficient for geometries, since the EWKB string has to be parsed everytime. Also it means you cannot modify the geometry object returned from an attribute directly :
place = Place.find_first place.the_geom.y=123456.7
Since the translation to a geometry is performed everytime the_geom is read, the change to y will not be saved! You would have to do something like this :
place = Place.find_first the_geom = place.the_geom the_geom.y=123456.7 place.the_geom = the_geom
Changes since last version
- The PostGIS adapter and the MySql Spatial adapter have been merged into one plugin. The correct files to load is determined using the type of connection defined in the environment.
- Geometric columns can now be dumped just like other base data types. This means you can use the ruby schema mode, even if you use the plugin.
- Support of M dimensions in migrations. The :dimension key in the column definition has disappeared and has been replaced by :with_z and :with_m.
- Addition of unit tests. At the plugin root, Run rake test:mysql to run the mysql tests and rake test:postgis for the postgis ones. You will need to configure your connection in test/db/database_mysql.yml and test/db/database_postgis.yml. If you get errors on your platform, please report to mailto:email@example.com.
- Addition of a find_by methods with a special behaviour for geometries
- Addition of a to_yaml method to use inside a YAML fixture
- Support of other geometric datatype libraries in addition to GeoRuby
Spatial Adapter for Rails is released under the MIT license. PostGis Adapter is released under the MIT license.
Tested with postgresql 8.3.5 / postgis 1.3.3
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