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I've looked into storing locations with Ruby today. Haven't found what one could call best practices, but discovered a lot of interesting gems.

The initial idea was to save the address, zip code and country code. This way we could find out about the location and region with a reverse lookup. Preferably without hitting an external service.

Here we go:

  • jgv/area
    Not sure what it includes, but certainly not data from Switzerland
  • monterail/zip-codes
    US only
  • midwire/my_zipcode_gem
    This one looked promising, unfortunately US only as well
  • midwire/free_zipcode_data
    US only –.–
  • elecnix/ruby-geonames
    Getting closer. Ruby gem for a pretty cool service called GeoNames that let's you lookup all kind of location related data.
  • jim/carmen
    This one almost did it for me. Unfortunately the Swiss regions are a mix of french and german. Could do a PR but I feel like this needs to be correct from the start.
  • hexorx/countries
    Another interesting one. But also weird localizations for Swiss regions...
  • geokit/geokit
    Not what I intended in the beginning. But the best I've found so far.
  • alexreisner/geocoder
    And last but not least geocoder. Also hits external services for looking up information.

The ones that do not hit external services unfortunately had wrong localizations. I could create a PR for fixing the ones from Switzerland. The problem is I also need location data from other countries and I don't know if the provided information is correct or not. That's why I'm going with geokit/geokit or alexreisner/geocoder. Both seem well maintained and popular.

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