GPSWeb Extension for Mozilla Firebird Opens Possibilities for Location-Specific Web Services

Wednesday December 24th, 2003

Davide wrote in to tell us about GPSWeb 0.1.2, an add-on for Mozilla Firebird that adds a User-Location header to every HTTP request containing the user's current position as determined by the Global Positioning System. Sites can then use this data to provide location-specific services, such as supplying directions to the nearest restaurant. The extension requires the user to have some GPS hardware connected to their computer (Davide tested GPSWeb with the Garmin E-Trex) and the GPSd Java daemon, which parses the data supplied by the GPS unit, to be running.

#19 eh privacy??

by jilles

Saturday December 27th, 2003 4:08 AM

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I don't think I want to broadcast my location with each request. There's just no way I am going to do that. I want to disclose my location to authorized (by me) servers only.

You might want to look at the J2ME location JSR to get an idea of how to properly design a location service.