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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 fork adds handy methods to make geometrical calculations on postgis. Based on georuby.rubyforge.org Spatial Adapter
If you are using Spatial Adapter, *remove it first*.
gem install postgis_adapter
Rails 3+¶ ↑
Add dependency to Gemfile:
Or, to use latest from repository:
gem "postgis_adapter", :git => 'git://github.com/nofxx/postgis_adapter.git'
Rails 2¶ ↑
gem install postgis_adapter -v 0.7.8
How to Use¶ ↑
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.
Example App¶ ↑
Simple rails app to demonstrate, check it out:
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(1,2)) pt.save pt = TablePoint.first puts pt.geom.x => 1
PostGIS Functions¶ ↑
Here are this fork additions. To use it:
acts_as_geom [column_name] => [geom_type]
class POI < ActiveRecord::Base acts_as_geom :geom => :point end class Street < ActiveRecord::Base acts_as_geom :line => :line_string end ...
@place = Poi.new( :geom => Point.from_x_y(10,20) ) @park = Park.new( :area => **Polygon** ) @street = Street.new( :line => **LineString** ) @place.inside?(@park) => true @place.in_bounds?(@park, 0.5) # margin => false @place.outside?(@park) @street.crosses?(@park) @area.contains?(@place) ...
@park.area => 1345 @park.contains?(@point) => true @park.overlaps?(@other_park) => false
Supports transform (useful to transform SRID to UTM for area in Km^2)
@park.area(SRID) => Area with new SRID
@street_east.intersects?(@street_west) => false @street_central.length => 4508.53636 @street.length_spheroid => 4.40853636
Class Methods¶ ↑
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 Area.contains(@point) => [Array of areas contains the point...
BBox Support¶ ↑
@area.strictly_left_of? @point @area.overlaps_or_above? @street ... completely_contained_by? completely_contains? overlaps_or_above? overlaps_or_below? overlaps_or_left_of? overlaps_or_right_of? strictly_above? strictly_below? strictly_left_of? strictly_right_of? interacts_with? binary_equal? same_as?
Or use a (almost) PostGIS like notation:
@area.bbox "<<", @point @area.bbox "|>>", @point @area.bbox "@", @park
*To be fixed:*
This only supports one geom column per model. Still looking for the best way to implement a multi geom.
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).
Park.find_by_geom(LineString.from_coordinates([[1.4,5.6],[2.7,8.9],[1.6,5.6]])) or Park.find_by_geom([[3,5.6],[19.98,5.9]])
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:
Database Tools¶ ↑
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 :places do |t| t.string :name t.point :geom, :srid => 4326, :with_z => true, :null => false t.timestamps end add_index :places, :geom, :spatial => true end
point polygon line_string multi_point multi_polygon multi_line_string geometry geometry_collection
PostGIS Helper Scripts¶ ↑
Optional, this will create postgis enabled database automatically for you.
Helpers to create postgis template database. At time of writing, postgis.sql and spatial_ref_sys.sql are used.
System wide¶ ↑
Find where your OS put those sql files and:
rake postgis:template path/to/sqls/folder
Place the following scripts in a folder named 'spatial' under the 'db' folder; For example:
These will be used when creating the Test database when running the Rake Test tasks. These scripts should have been installed when the PostGIS libraries were installed. Online reference: postgis.refractions.net/
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 %>
If you are using annotate_models, check out this fork which adds geometrical annotations for PostgisAdapter and SpatialAdapter:
Geometric data types¶ ↑
Ruby geometric datatypes are currently made available only through the GeoRuby library (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.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.first the_geom = place.the_geom the_geom.y=123456.7 place.the_geom = the_geom
Postgis Adapter¶ ↑
Marcos Piccinini (nofxx) Ying Tsen Hong (tsenying) Simon Tokumine (tokumine) Fernando Blat (ferblape) Shoaib Burq (sabman)
(in order of appearance)
Spatial Adapter for Rails is released under the MIT license. Postgis Adapter is released under the MIT license.
Tested using activerecord 3+ / postgresql 8.5+ / postgis 1.5+ / linux / osx
Any questions, enhancement proposals, bug notifications or corrections: