Tag: GIS programming

Top questions about GIS programming and their answers

Top questions about GIS programming and their answers

General, Industry
It's been quite a while now since I started interacting with GIS and specifically, GIS programming. This is a field where I have met friends, mentors, role models and other people doing amazing stuff for our world. As evident in the Geo-Interview series, professionals are changing the lives of many through sharing knowledge and empowering societies through exchange programs both at individual levels and at organization level. It is most likely that your organization,county government or even country is developing a GIS portal for use in different sectors that exist in the area or within the mandate. Information systems have come of age and automating information dissemination has been a focus by many groups over the years. The emergence of initiatives such as Open Data and Open Standard...
7 important tips to developing a GIS programming career

7 important tips to developing a GIS programming career

DevOps, General
Seven years ago, when I developed my first program, I was this naive and very ambitious youth who wanted things done and done faster. When I developed my first application, a Pharmacy inventory system, I got a lot of ideas and insights to different sections of developing applications. This included the software development cycle and the best practices whenever I planned to make an application. I was in IT by then and the enthusiasm to be a great developer was all over me. A year later I ventured into GIS and was passionate about it and knew I had to take side in GIS programming. Moving from an IT environment to GIS is a bit easy and coping with the new environment didn't take me long. This made me realize the importance of having an IT background before venturing into any development/progr
4 WAYS TO BALANCE BETWEEN YOUR FULL-TIME JOB WITH YOUR GIS SIDE HUSTLES

4 WAYS TO BALANCE BETWEEN YOUR FULL-TIME JOB WITH YOUR GIS SIDE HUSTLES

General, Jobs
GIS side hustle projects are a great way to generate extra income as well as learn more than what your daytime job offers as a challenge. Generally such projects lie with the passion or interest of an individual unless there drive to earn money is greater. So how do you earn that extra coin while maintaining high productivity within your normal working hours? Once you factor in sleeping hours and an 8 am to 5 pm schedule you are left with so little time to pursue GIS programming, data science, image analysis, academic writing or even blogging. That means you have to implement a few tactics to avoid overworking yourself. Below are 4 ways to balance between your full-time job with your GIS side projects. Prioritize your work You must have the big picture in mind if you want to be ef...
GIS Programming – Baby Steps

GIS Programming – Baby Steps

General, Learning GIS
GIS programming and where to begin The hardest part when writing any piece is the beginning, so I’m going to just dive in. Programming by itself sends chills down the spines of many. Hours and hours spent behind a computer screen typing mindless letters and numbers, drinking too much coffee and the frustration!!! I’d be lying if I said there’s none of that. However, programming is more than just a skill, it’s a way of life; a culture. Then there is GIS. This article assumes that you are already aware of GIS and the power you can wield with it. Programming is to GIS what sugar is to a milkshake. The systems you are using now, your Arc GIS and your Mapbox are all products of programming. You are probably up to your hair with digitizing, analysis and what not, and are looking for a bigger t
Pondi Brian: GIS “…is the present and the future…” from enhancing population health services to business services

Pondi Brian: GIS “…is the present and the future…” from enhancing population health services to business services

Interviews
Having graduated with BA Geography from Moi University majoring in GIS, currently I'm a RS/GIS Analyst/Python Developer at CIAT. I have purposed to mentor GIS students in Universites of Nairobi, JKUAT and Moi University on GIS, Remote Sensing and GIS Programming just after graduating in Sept 2016.  Apart from sitting in front of computers I have a Social life which I always keep private. I love Roller Skating as an outdoor activity and hanging out with kids. Find me on Linkedn @Pondi Brian and Facebook Qn: What inspired you to dive into GIS? PB: To be honest, it was a “good accident”, the then Joint Admission Board (JAB) gave me a Geography Degree course in Moi University, as opposed to Computer Science and Technology degrees which I applied for, after the introduction to GIS a