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  • Question

  • Hi

    Is there ,NET  library with the following capablity:

    1) Calculate minimum distance between
    Point and polygon.
    Line and polygon.

    2)Calculate minimum distance between 2 polygons?


    Saturday, February 21, 2015 9:19 PM


  • Hello Orent,

    I think you can do this simple task yourself, because an external Library would be a big overhead, because they also have a lot of other stuff.

    This tasks are simple, because the Point is a Point, the Line contains two Points and the polygon N Points.

    You can simply iterrate through this Points to see which is the nearest!


    //c# Code
    //Get Distance
    double CalcDistance(Point a, Point b) {
       //pythagorean theorem: c^2 = a^2 + b^2
        //thus c = square_root(a^2 + b^2)
        double a = (double)(b.X - a.X);
        double b = (double)(b.Y - a.Y);
        return Math.Sqrt(a * a + b * b);
    //A simple but not effective implementation - do not use frequently (60 times per second or so :D ) with big Polygons!
    Point GetNearestPointFromPolygon(Point a, Point[] polygon /* A Polygon is a List of Points */) {
        double dis = double.MaxValue;
        Point polyPoint; //The nearest Point
        foreach(Point p in polygon) {
           double num1 = CalcDistance(a, p);
           if(num1 < dis) { //New, nearer Point found!
               dis = num1;
               polyPoint = p;
        return polyPoint;   

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    Saturday, February 21, 2015 9:30 PM