Implement the zip code/ distance feature
Implement as it was shown on the demo site. This was awesome.
I'm going to be looking at documenting this shortly; it requires the purchase of a zip code database and the mods to the script are not very difficult.
How much is the database?
Can't wait! Really looking for this mod.....
I think its $39, I'll try to doc this by the end of the week.
Well, I kind of gave up waiting and hacked up something for my own forum, but the good news for everyone is that there is a free Zip Code database here:
My own code isn't of much use here because it's a Buddy program for a VB forum, but the database itself is great, and the source code for a distance feature is included so you can test it out yourself.
The database included in the .tar gets extracted by the install program and creates a 5 Meg mySQL database of zip codes and geographic data. It's based on the 2000 census, which is public domain and free (well we probably paid through the nose for it with our tax dollars).
So you can save the $39 to spend on the next photopost product. Maybe Auctions?? PLEASE!
I tried using that database when I first wrote this mod, but it was missing alot of zip codes. Using the commercial approach I was able to offer my members a more accurate zip code feature - how you choose to implement the database is up to you, only the field names need be the same.
Excellent. Thanks very much!
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