Download my travel-time map

I am a bit ner­vous about doing this, but since sev­er­al peo­ple asked, here goes: You can now down­load the trav­el-time map of the Nether­lands I made in Pro­cess­ing. I have export­ed appli­ca­tions for Lin­ux, Mac OS X and Win­dows. Each down­load includes the source files, but not the data file. For that, you will need to head to Alper’s site (he’s the guy who pulled the data from 9292 and ANWB). I hope you’ll enjoy play­ing around with this, or learn some­thing from the way it was put together.

Some notes, in no par­tic­u­lar order:

  • Please remem­ber I am not a pro­gram­mer. The vast major­i­ty of this sketch was put togeth­er from bits and pieces of code I found in books and online. I have tried to cred­it all the sources in the code. The full write-up I post­ed ear­li­er should point you to all the sources too. In short; all the good bits are by oth­er peo­ple, the bad code is mine. But who cares, it’s the end-result that counts (at least for me).
  • Relat­ed to the pre­vi­ous point is the fact that I can­not fig­ure out under which license (if any) to release this. So the usu­al CC by-nc-sa license applies, as far as I’m concerned.
  • If this breaks your com­put­er, offends you, makes you cry, or eats your kit­tens, do not come knock­ing. This is pro­vid­ed as is, no war­ranties what­so­ev­er, etc.
  • Why am I ner­vous? Prob­a­bly because for me the point of the whole exer­cise was the process, not the outcome.
  • I can’t think of any­thing else. Have fun.

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Kars Alfrink

Kars is a designer, researcher and educator focused on emerging technologies, social progress and the built environment.

8 thoughts on “Download my travel-time map”

  1. Full dis­clo­sure. Nice!

    Two things:

    Pret­ty much nobody ever looks at source. Those who do usu­al­ly pro­duce source code them­selves so they know what the process is like.

    It’s odd that you would need to pro­duce sep­a­rate ver­sions for sep­a­rate plat­forms (and no web applet ver­sion?). I thought the point of Pro­cess­ing was to have stuff be portable. Com­piled Java byte code files for instance are still portable.

  2. Thanks for pub­lish­ing. Looks very good! And play­ing with the slid­ers to cre­ate a ani­mat­ed visu­al­iza­tion does add real­ly some­thing to the experience.

  3. Alper— Thanks for the kind words w.r.t. the source code. I chose to export appli­ca­tions, not the web ver­sion because I found the web ver­sion’s per­for­mance quite poor. Also, I was a bit unsure about load­ing the JSON in one go, and was too lazy to imple­ment incre­men­tal load­ing. I do not know why Pro­cess­ing exports an app for each platform.

    Iskan­der— Glad you like it! The inter­ac­tiv­i­ty is very basic (and the ani­ma­tion spar­tan) but it does the trick, I guess.

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