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Fast & Accurate, but Lacking Documentation

  • By Tom P.
  • on 01/30/2019

I used it as a free trial while researching solution for a simple reverse geocoder (We only need city level info for our purposes)
This is a strong possibility for us to use once we have the other pieces in place.
I wish they provided better documentation though. For example, it does not mention anywhere that you can call the API using a geocode or geonumber, and adding a '.json' to a request gives json output on any request. Neat features, but one has to find out on their own.
(There is a README file and a test script in the ec2-user home dir after you ssh into the box, which just states:
"Copy test.pl on your machine then replace 'localhost' with the ip address or hostname of the reverse geocoding machine.

Then run ' perl test.pl '

You should get around 100 requests per second if the software is running on a t2.micro instance (the minimum instance)

(Higher instance types get better throughput)
"
What it does not say, is that running test.pl locally, causes the machine to run out of memory (Granted this is only a T2.micro with 1G of RAM)

Overall it is solid when accessed externally.


  • By Geolytica
  • on 02/06/2019

Thanks for the feedback. We will improve the docs for the next version, in the meantime, more detailed documentation can be found at this page: https://3geonames.org/api