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The Flotsam Project: Insanely Fast Floating-Point Number Serialization for Java and Javascript

At Factual, we have a lot of geospatial data that we want to send to a browser. It’s often possible to use polygons or images to transmit this data efficiently, but a couple of weeks ago we ran into a case where we needed a floating-point quantity for each map tile pixel. We started by sending...

Factual’s API: A Good Fit for Node

Most people have heard the buzz surrounding Node. Words like “fast”, “scalable”, “concurrency” come to mind. At Factual, we pride ourselves on using (and finding) the right tool for the job. We use everything from jquery to hadoop, postgresql to mongodb and fortunately our engineering culture gives us the leeway to experiment a little.  However, any...

Factual Node.js Driver

We’re pleased to announce the release of the officially supported Node.js driver for Factual. Get going! You can get the driver using npm… $ npm install factual-api …and then install it in your project and connect: var Factual = require('factual-api'); var factual = new Factual('YOUR_KEY', 'YOUR_SECRET'); (If you don’t have an API key, sign up to get...

JS2: Factual's First Open Source Project

The software team at Factual relies heavily on the outstanding work of the open source software community, and we’re always looking for opportunities to return the favor by donating our engineering time and effort. JS2 is the first of hopefully many internal projects that we’re releasing as free, open source software. Our wish is that others...