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Issue 19.3 ('Black Hole')
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Lost In the Woods

Is a Plugin or Xojo's Built-In MapLocation the Answer?

Issue: 19.3 (May/June 2021)
Author: Markus Winter
Author Bio: Markus is a Molecular Biologist who taught himself REALbasic programming in 2003 to let the computer deal with some exceedingly tedious lab tasks. Some call it lazy, he thinks it smart. He still thinks of himself as an advanced beginner at best.
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Showing where you or something else are, or where you are going and how to get there, have become such common everyday tasks that it is nearly inconceivable that you could get lost... until the battery on your mobile runs out of power.

When it comes to maps, especially on iOS, then Xojo can make you feel lost in the woods. Sure, you can show a location simply enough with ShowURL—like with this code from Xojo's Eddie's Electronic's App for iOS (although I'm puzzled by the use of Call, because ShowURL doesn't return anything so using Call is pointless, and the code functions just fine without it):

// Display map of address

Var shortAddress As String = City + ", " + State + " " + Zip

Var addressSearchString As String = ShortAddress.ReplaceAll(" ", "%20")

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