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= acts_as_geocodable

acts_as_geocodable is a plugin to help build geo-aware applications. It automatically geocodes your models when they are saved, giving you the ability to search by location and calculate distances between records.

== Usage

  event = Event.create :street => "777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.",
    :locality => "Portland", :region => "Oregon", :postal_code => 97232
    
  event.geocode.latitude                                #=> 45.529100000000
  event.geocode.longitude                               #=> -122.644200000000
  
  event.distance_to "49423"                             #=> 1807.66560483205
  
  Event.find(:all, :within => 50, :origin => "97232")
  
  Event.find(:nearest, :origin => "Portland, OR")
  
== Upgrading

If you're upgrading from a previous version of this plugin, note that :city has been renamed to :locality to be consistent with Graticule 0.2.  Create a migration that has:

  rename_column :geocodes, :city, :locality

Also remember to change your mapping in your geocodable classes to use the :locality key instead of :city:

class Event < ActiveRecord::Base
	acts_as_geocodable :address => {:street => :address1, :locality => :city,
	  :region => :state, :postal_code => :zip}
end

== Installation

Graticule[link:http://rubyforge.org/projects/graticule] is used for all the heavy lifting.

  gem install graticule --include-dependencies

Install the plugin

  script/plugin install git://github.com/collectiveidea/acts_as_geocodable.git

== Upgrading
  
Before October 2008, precision wasn't included in the Geocode model. Make sure you add a string precision column to your geocode table if you're upgrading from an older version, and update Graticule.

== Configuration

Create the required tables
  
  script/generate geocodable_migration add_geocodable_tables
  rake db:migrate

Set the default geocoder in your environment.rb file.

  Geocode.geocoder = Graticule.service(:yahoo).new 'your_api_key'

Then, in each model you want to make geocodable, add acts_as_geocodable.

  class Event < ActiveRecord::Base
  	acts_as_geocodable
  end

The only requirement is that your model must have address fields. By default, acts_as_geocodable looks for attributes called +street+, +locality+, +region+, +postal_code+, and +country+.  To change these, you can provide a mapping in the <tt>:address</tt> option:

  class Event < ActiveRecord::Base
  	acts_as_geocodable :address => {:street => :address1, :locality => :city, :region => :state, :postal_code => :zip}
  end

If that doesn't meet your needs, simply override the default +to_location+ method in your model, and return a Graticule::Location with those attributes set.

acts_as_geocodable can also update your address fields with the data returned from the geocoding service:

  class Event < ActiveRecord::Base
  	acts_as_geocodable :normalize_address => true
  end

== IP-based Geocoding

acts_as_geocodable adds a remote_location method in your controllers that uses http://hostip.info to guess remote users location based on their IP address.

  def index
    @nearest = Store.find(:nearest, :origin => remote_location) if remote_location
    @stores = Store.find(:all)
  end

Keep in mind that IP-based geocoding is not always accurate, and often will not return any results.

== Development

The source code is available at:
   http://github.com/collectiveidea/acts_as_geocodable
   git://github.com/collectiveidea/acts_as_geocodable.git

Patches and suggestions are welcome!

== To Do

* Documentation!!!
* configurable formulas
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