Tropical Software Observations

27 July 2010

Posted by Unknown

at 2:05 PM


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Spatial Search with Grails and Solr Plugin

Grails has a good Solr plugin ( that works well and also provides spatial search that works out of the box. However, the documentation to use this feature is a bit skimpy so here are the basic steps to enable spatial search with Solr for your Grails app.

Install the solr plugin for Grails using 'grails install-plugin solr' and enable Solr indexing for your domain class by:

    static enableSolrSearch = true
    static solrAutoIndex = true

Next, we need to add a Solr index field annotation to the domain members.

    //import org.grails.solr.Solr
    Double latitude

    Double longitude

Once we have those in place, we can use SolrService to query:

    getSpatialQuery(query, lat, lng, range)

07 July 2010

Posted by Unknown

at 11:13 AM


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Android: Twitter4j with xauth

The latest Twitter4j 2.1.3 supports xauth but it's not well documented at the moment. However it's really simple to use, check it out!

// Specify the consumer key and consumer secret 
// via system properties or configurationbuilder


// Then authenticate as normal
Twitter twitter = new TwitterFactory().getInstance(username,

// Next the token will be available to you
AccessToken token = twitter.getOAuthAccessToken();

// You must store the access token and reuse this token