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Location Tracker in Swift


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Offline apps with mapping, Swift and cloud sync.

Learning Swift development but wondering how to work with location data — perhaps persist it to a remote database? Our Location Tracker example app shows how simple it is to store and query GeoJSON using Cloudant’s database service.

Location Tracker screenshot

As a user moves, Location Tracker queries the server for nearby points of interest. These points are rendered as green map pins.

Learn data sync in Swift

Part 1 of our tutorial traces key functions for database interactions. It also shows how to implement an offline-first design for data access using the Cloudant Sync iOS library. Sound like a lot? Well, because Cloudant is based on Apache CouchDB™, it inherits key qualities around JSON replication and change synchronization. That means you can rely on Cloudant for data sync, instead of writing your own.

Scale it up

Worried about scaling to handle more devices? Part 2 of our tutorial reviews the trade-offs of the one-database-per-user design pattern introduced in part 1. We also describe alternative ways of replicating user-segregated data, and how you can scale your app to support millions of users.

Web version: We first released Location Tracker as a web app. Read more.

Next Steps

  1. Click the Deploy to Bluemix button to deploy the Location Tracker Node.js server.
  2. Follow the introductory tutorial.

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