Monday, June 18, 2012

How to use gmaps.js on web2py

It's easy to handle Google Maps on your website and of course it will be much easier if you use web2py!

1. Create new app called gmap

2. Download gmaps.js
Go to and download gmaps.js. Place it under the app folder static/js/gmaps.js

3. controllers/
Replace the def index() with the following.

def index():
    from import geocode
    latitude = longtitude = ''
    form=SQLFORM.factory(Field('search'), _class='form-search')['_class'] = 'input-long search-query'
    form.custom.submit['_value'] = 'Search'
    form.custom.submit['_class'] = 'btn'
    if form.accepts(request):
        (latitude, longitude) = geocode(address)
        (latitude, longitude) = ('','')
    return dict(form=form, latitude=latitude, longitude=longitude)
Note:  There was an issue #855 and just fixed with the Version 2.0.0 (2012-06-17 23:36:32) dev. If you are using the web2py version older than this, make sure to replace the latitude and longitude as follows.
 (longitude, latitude) = geocode(address)
4. views/default/index.html
Replace it with the following.

{{extend 'layout.html'}}
<script src=""></script>
<script src="{{=URL('static','js/gmaps.js')}}"></script>
{{if longitude or latitude:}}
<p>latitude, longtitude: {{=latitude}},{{=longitude}}</p>
<div id="map" style="height:400px;width:800px"></div>
  map = new GMaps({
    div: '#map',
    lat: {{=latitude}},
    lng: {{=longitude}}
    lat: {{=latitude}},
    lng: {{=longitude}},
    title: 'Here!',
    infoWindow: {
        content: '<p>{{}}</p>'
5. Result
Type "243 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL, USA" and see the result.

Friday, June 8, 2012

web2py on PythonAnywhere

It's too bad fluxflex will shut down and will be no longer available on June 30, 2012. It was great service, easy to deploy, I was a little bit frustrated with using git but overall I enjoyed. Especially, I was one of the fun because this company was established by young Japanese guys !

I was looking for new place and introduced PythonAnywhere in the web2py forum.

It's so easy to install. All you have to do is sign up for free account, click web2py icon and Done !
I was running my test app in a few minutes.

Wow! I'm very impressed!!

Maybe I can spend $9 per month to host it under own domain name. The performance should be enough  for the small app !

I'm not familiar with console (I'm windows guy) so I wonder how I can update wen2py when new version is available...