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Zend Framework: Zend_Service_Geonames Component Proposal

Proposed Component Name Zend_Service_Geonames
Developer Notes
Proposers Nick Daugherty
Boris Guéry
Zend Liaison TBD
Revision 1.0 - 4 November 2010 - Initial Draft
1.1 - 28 November 2010 - Completed proposal (wiki revision: 13)

Table of Contents

1. Overview

Zend_Service_Geonames aims to provide full access to the API. provides many free geographic services such as POI lookups, Postal Code lookups, and regular/reverse geocoding.

Current work is available on GitHub Bgy_Service_Geonames Now part of my extension library to Zend Framework Bgy_Service_Geonames

2. References

3. Component Requirements, Constraints, and Acceptance Criteria

  • This component will provide full access to the API
  • This component will abstract the interaction with's database and XML/Json responses
  • This component will provide methods to return Wikipedia documents based on various geographic queries
  • This component will provide programmatic access to's nearly 7 million POI's
  • This component will handle web services errors and throw a Zend_Service_Geonames_Exception accordingly
  • This component should handle failover servers
  • This component will not manage web-service using other output than XML or JSON

4. Dependencies on Other Framework Components

  • Zend_Rest
  • Zend_Json
  • Zend_Exception

5. Theory of Operation

6. Milestones / Tasks

  • Milestone 1: Initial proposal
  • Milestone 2: Class overview and method signature
  • Milestone 3: Use cases
  • Milestone 4: Working prototype
  • Milestone 5: Acceptance
  • Milestone 6: Unit tests exist, work
  • Milestone 7: Initial documentation exists

7. Class Index

  • Zend_Service_Geonames
  • Zend_Service_Geonames_Exception

8. Use Cases

9. Class Skeletons



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