Walkable Restaurants

I’d like to take a moment and introduce “Walkable Restaurants” (or just “Walkable” as I like to call it), a new application that I built to demonstrate how to create PhoneGap applications using Backbone.js.

Walkable Restaurants provides you with an easy way to find a bite to eat or refreshing drink anywhere in the US. Either select a type of cuisine, or enter a search phrase, and the Walkable Restaurants app will find destinations that are nearby.  Only destinations near your current location will be returned in your search result. If we are able to calculate travel times based upon walking and train schedules, then we will only return destinations within a 20-minute walk. If we are not able to calculate walk time, only destinations within 2.5 miles of your current location will be displayed.

Walkable Restaurants is available today in both Apple’s App Store and on Google Play, so go download it now!

        Get it on Google Play

Open Source

The Walkable Restaurants application source code is freely available and open source on GitHub at: https://github.com/triceam/Walkable-App

Application source code is intended to be used as a learning tool for building PhoneGap applications using backbone.js, but there are no limitations on its use following the MIT license:

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY ANDREW M. TRICE ‘AS IS’ AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL ANDREW M. TRICE OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Additional open source libraries used in this app include:

Data Services

All walking/travel time distance calculations are obtained through Travel Time, by Igeolise. This service calcualtes travel time between geographic locations based upon walking, driving, and mass transit systems.

All point-of-interest (POI) information is obtained through services provided by factual.com. This application uses the U.S. Restaurants data set, which provides information for over 800,000 restaurants across the United States, including location, price ratings, cuisine, and more.

The server-side portion of this application simply aggregates data from Factual and Travel Time, and is developed with node.js, using the expressjs framework.

Attribution

The following creative commons assets were used in this application:

  • Alan Rodrigues

    This is valuable resource to developers!
    Thanks for your contribution!