For the entire world, a lot of things changed in 2020 – including the way we move. 2021 proved to be not much different, with on-demand delivery soaring and the need for maps with real-time updates persisted.
This year, our community of readers at TomTom Developers favored product announcements and more tutorial-based blogs to add map data to their apps. Here’s a peek of what you loved reading this year.
In November, we announced that our Snap to Roads API entered public preview, meaning users can try out this new functionality for reconstructing routes from trace points. This new API supports a variety of use cases which analyze past routes and movements, both in the track and trace domain, but in on-demand route optimization as well.
Learn more about the Snap to Roads API, what information the API returns, how it works, and some tips and uses on using it.
Isochrones are lines drawn on a map connecting points at which something occurs or arrives at the same time. The isochrones depict the location from which someone can travel to another location within a certain amount of time and with a certain cost, such as kilowatts for electrical vehicles and fuel for combustion engine vehicles.
In this article, we explore isochrones and how to use them in food delivery applications, regardless of language or framework.
The TomTom Traffic API provides a real-time endpoint for traffic-related incidents and traffic flow anywhere in the world. You can toggle it on or off simply by setting the respective stylesVisibility in any map instance to true or false.
To illustrate the power and ease-of-use of TomTom’s real-time traffic services, we created a seed project for a radio news service’s traffic dashboard. It lists traffic incidents and flow of any place on Earth, with real-time updates, and illustrates this on a map so commuters know what to expect.
New to TomTom Maps APIs? Start here with our step-by-step tutorial on some guiding principles of mapmaking and how to set up your map, complete with dozens of customization options.
Learn how to embed a map using the Maps SDK for Web and React Native.
In our #3 most-read blog of the year, our developer advocate Olivia Vahsen goes over how to transition different elements of your map from Google Maps to TomTom, as well as where the API differences lie.
Coming in at #2 is React… no surprise there! As the most-used front-end framework, React is a good choice for mapping-heavy web apps. React’s excellent performance is one reason it’s so popular — and it owes much of that performance to its virtual DOM. However, the virtual DOM has a disadvantage: it doesn’t always play nicely with mapping libraries that require access to actual (not virtual) DOM elements.
React does offer a way to work around this limitation. In this article, we’ll explore how to use this workaround to add TomTom web maps to a sample React application. We’ll use the latest React best practices like Hooks and function components.
Here we are at our #1 most-read blog of the year: announcing the new Map Display API. With new natural features, city and street labels, color changes, and more organized POIs, our maps got a visual revamp while keeping them readable, relevant, and refreshed as our users’ mapping needs evolve over time.
And there you have it! Our top 10 blogs of 2021. Did we miss anything? Feel free to share your favorite blogs of the year, any projects you built, or what you’d like to see in 2022:
Happy mapping and see you in 2022!