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I am a cartographer and developer interested in telling the stories of communities through maps and technology.

Featured Articles

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How to Add A Legend to the Esri Story Map Tour App

July 23, 2020


Using the Esri ArcGIS Javascript API, you can customize the Classic Story Map applications. In this article, I'll walk you through adding a legend to the Map Tour app.

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Converting Parcels to Address Points With a Python Script

August 2, 2017


To get around a software license issue with the Esri Feature to Point tool, I developed a Python script that loops through a polygon feature class, and creates a point feature class using the centroid coordinates.

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Reflections on Building Web Maps With Esri JS API From a Leaflet.js Fanboy

April 2, 2020


I started creating web map apps with Leaflet.js. Last year, I finally learned the ArcGIS JavaScript API. I wanted to share a few reflections on working with both platforms. I believe both have a place for developers.

Featured Projects

Subdivision & Land Development Plans Review App

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An interactive web map that allows querying subdivision/land development plans reviewed by the Cumberland County Planning office. Built with Leaflet.js, Esri web services, and Bootstrap.

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McKinney Party of 5 Website

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I designed and built a family blogging website using a Jamstack approach. The site is built using Jekyll, delivered through CloudFlare, and utilizes the Bootstrap framework.

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South Middleton Township Official Map

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This update to the existing Official Map included designing a visual hierarchy among thematic and reference layers, and developing a balanced system of labels for features.

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