I’ve been wanting to learn more about Angular.JS so made a quick web page to view the location all of Melbourne’s public art on a Google Map.

There is an amazing amount of open data on the web. The Australian government has been releasing its data through data.gov.au. The dataset of all Melbourne’s public art seemed like a great place to start.

I used the AngularJS Google Maps directives. It provdes a promise that gets called when Google Maps is loaded and ready to go. Then I fire off a http request to data.gov.au, with yet another promise that extracts the marker data and sets it the data bound markers array.

I center the map over Melbourne with an appropraite zoom level and off we go.

myApp.controller( "gMap",function( $scope, $http, uiGmapGoogleMapApi ) {
    .then(function(maps) {
        $scope.map = { 
            center: { latitude: -37.8141, longitude: 144.9633 }, 
            zoom: 14 
        .then(function(response) {
            var marker = response.data.data[0];
            $scope.markers = response.data.data;

The second piece is the markers themselves. Using ng-repeat directive, AngularJS will generate all the markers withut me having to write any imperative code.

<ui-gmap-marker ng-repeat="marker in markers"
        coords="{ 'latitude': marker[19][1], 'longitude': marker[19][2] }" idkey="marker[0]">

Now hard coding the column numbers of the data set isn’t the most robust solution, but it got the job done for this blog post!

And finally here is page with the public art on a Google map.

I was amazed at how easy this was to get up and running, and I hope to write some more AngularJS soon.