[OSM-dev] New osmlib-base (after nearly 3 years)

Serge Wroclawski emacsen at gmail.com
Sun Mar 18 17:36:59 GMT 2012

On Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM, Jochen Topf <jochen at remote.org> wrote:
> Hi!
> On Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 12:11:10PM -0400, Serge Wroclawski wrote:
>> As is so often the case with software in our community, we add
>> features to scratch our own itch.
>> Jochen has largely moved away from osmlib to work on osmium, so the
>> software hasn't had any updates in nearly 3 years.
>> In that spirit, I've taken osmlib-base and forked it. My version is
>> at: https://github.com/emacsen/osmlib-base
> Great! Over the years several people have been contacting me showing interest
> in OSMlib. So I am glad that somebody picked up the ball and that it is still
> useful to people.

I've taken a "step as lightly as possible" approach. I added my name,
but didn't change the license from PD, or add any features I didn't
really need (eg I can parse .osc files but I can't emit them yet).

The one change you might not like is I reformatted all the code. ;)

> I have added a link to your repository here:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSMLib
> Maybe you can update the page a bit more.

I'll try to do that later today.

> What about the other libs osmlib-export and osmlib-sqlite? Any plans?
> (There is also an osmlib-namefinder, but thats not useful any more.)

I haven't touched any of them. My feeling is that if people really see
value in this version, we'll talk, and we'll see about updating
everything. If no one uses it, then there's not much point in spending
a lot of time on it.

Heck, maybe we can replace the osmlib xml parser with osmium.

- Serge

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