Getting UK GeoCode Data with YQL and ColdFusion

On July 16, 2010, in ColdFusion, by Anuj Gakhar

I stumbled across YQL today and although I had heard about it in the past, today was the first time, I actually sat down and read the documentation and went through some of the example apps. I am amazed at how powerful it is and am just imagining the wonderful applications that can be built using YQL. It opens up the doors to pretty much anything using a SQL like syntax.

It took me literally 2 mins to come up with the following code which takes a UK postcode and returns you the latitude and longitude for it. Ok, getting this information is not a big deal, but the point is, how easy it is to do this stuff with YQL.

Here is the code for those who are interested.

<cfset _query = ‘select postcode, lat, lon from ukgeocode where postcode = "hp13 6bj";’ />
<cfset _url  = "" />
<cfhttp url="#_url#" result="_data" />
<cfset _geo_code_data = deSerializeJson(_data.filecontent) />
<cfdump var = "#_geo_code_data#">

This is what I get when I run the above code

I dont think it can get any easier than this ?

I am going to dig deeper into YQL and explore all the options whenever I get some spare time.

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