Leaflet for map projects

When it comes to working with maps, simplicity, comprehensiveness, and adaptability are the key components. That is when Leaflet library comes in handy. Leaflet is known for being one of the leading JavaScript map libraries. It is open-source, mobile-friendly, and highly adaptable.

At BHSOFT, Leaflet is one of our favorite tools to build maps for our clients, besides OpenLayers and Mapbox. We offer 2D and 3D GIS solutions to a variety of companies. Our team is capable of transforming and mashing up multiple data sources to create lively and brilliant maps that work well on both desktop and mobile platforms. In this article, we will together find out the benefit of using Leaflet in map projects and how it helped us to build a drawing tool for our client map.

What is Leaflet?

Leaflet is an open-source JavaScript library for developing interactive maps. It is also known for being lightweight and very mobile-friendly. 

What Leaflet can do 

Leaflet can deal with interactive maps across various kinds of platforms from desktop to mobile. The library allows developers to easily pan, zoom and draw on the map. It also includes alternative base maps. Leaflet can:

  • Display vector layers, GeoJSON layers, WMS layers.
  • Display raster images as layers.
  • Allow point clustering, geocoding, routing, mini-map, loading data from CSV via plugins

Leaflet is great for projects that require lots of maps thanks to its simplicity and high performance. 

Advantages of Leaflet

Easy to start with

Leaflet design is very easy to use. Developers can easily start building a map just by copy & paste from the QuickStart tutorial.

Good documentation

Leaflet has really well-structured documentation with plenty of examples and tutorials. A well-documented API also allows developers to quickly find the functionality required. 

Less amount of code

Being one of the most popular JavaScript libraries, Leaflet has a huge community to support. Developers are able to achieve the results with minimal amount of code. 

Powerful with plugins

It is very flexible and extendable with plugins. The core features are pretty sufficient for building basic maps. However, they only support GeoJSON format. With additional plugins, Leaflet will also support other GIS formats such as CSV, WKT, TopoJSON, and GPX.  

How Leaflet helped BHSOFT in our project

In this article, BHSOFT will present to you one of the projects in which we used Leaflet to build a drawing tool within the map provided by our client. We chose Leaflet because most of the data we had to deal with was GeoJSON data, and we didn’t have to deal with projections. Therefore, Leaflet was an ideal choice and saved us a lot of time. 

Basically, we built a drawing tool inside the map that allows users to:

  • Create polygons with measurements & display area information.
  • Edit, rotate & drag the polygon around a map.
  • Control and edit the color, weight, and line type (dashed, solid, etc).
  • Create guidelines to 90 degrees, nearby objects to suggest finishing the shape, and snap to lines/corners.
  • Draw objects with curved lines.
  • Draw shapes on the map and edit the created shapes

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At BHSOFT, we have very strong teams of Javascript developers so we also use Leaflet for map projects very often. However, we are also highly experienced with other libraries including Mapbox and OpenLayers, which allow us to create more sophisticated GIS applications. For projects that require lots of plugins, projections with different Geo data sources, we will choose OpenLayers as our prominent tool. 

Working with us, we will help you build interactive and useful maps. Contact us via hello@bachasoftware.com or fill in our contact form for further details.