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3501.1 - Essential and Accidental Functionality of Cartographic Programs on the Web

Monday, July 3
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: Delaware A

Following Aristotle, F. P. Brooks (1987) emphasizes the distinction between “essential difficulties” and “accidental difficulties” as a key challenge in software engineering. From the point of view of cartography, it would be desirable to identify the cartographic essence of a program, and subject it to additional scrutiny, while its accidental properties, again from the point of view of cartography, are usually of lesser relevance to cartographic analysis. In this paper, two methods that facilitate extracting the cartographic essence of programs are presented: close reading of their source code, and the automated analysis of their runtime behavior. The advantages and shortcomings of both methods are discussed, followed by an outlook to future developments and potential applications.

Florian Ledermann

University Assistant
TU Wien

Florian Ledermann is a researcher, lecturer and PhD candidate at the Research Group Cartography of Vienna University of Technology. His primary research interests are interactive and narrative cartography, and the improvement of cartographic programming tools and paradigms. Florian is the author of mapmap.js, a cartographic API for creating interactive thematic maps.

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Carl M. Sack

Graduate Student
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Carl M Sack, MS, Graduate Student in Cartography and GIS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My PhD dissertation focuses on best practices for teaching web mapping. This is another very long sentence to fill out the silly fifty word minimum. I like pie, especially apple pie. My favorite color is green.

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