Provides a Google maps search of nearest FFL government data.

I had originally made this app in PHP and MySQL and it took me two weeks, but decided to see how fast I could get it done in Rails. I was able to get everything done in three days this time around. This was because I am a lot more experienced developer and Rails is a lot more productive than writing it from scratch PHP code.

I started with a CSV of Geo-encoded addresses. My first hang up was creating a seed file. In Rails with individual create statements it wraps each one in a transaction which is a save point for rolling back the database. As you can imagine this can be very slow for the amount of data I was dealing with, 68,000 rows. So I pulled out 1000 rows at a time from the CSV started a transaction, wrote some raw SQL in insert it into the database. This way if there was an error I would only have to look at that block of 1000 and wouldn’t cause the whole data set to roll back.

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