I am a newbie but I think my question is quite advanced. I am trying to create my own geocoder complete with autosuggest using open source data in a custom format.
If you go to Monster.co.uk and start typing in a location in the location box it not only autosuggests, but it also will then geocode the result. There are plenty of free services but they all have problems, Google for example require you to show a map and brand the search box.
My site is in Python, but for speed I was thinking of having a C module written to search and return results to the user. The format would be along the lines of:
City Town Country Long/Lat
How much work is this? Is it worth it? I really want to run my own geocoding service and this is the best way I can think about doing it.