I have implemented a trigger and class to get geolocation fields filled in Accounts with the help from this site make geolocation available

Then i wanted to use the findnearby function in addition and added the Apex Class as following

global with sharing class FindNearby {
public FindNearby(ApexPages.StandardController sc){}
// Find Accounts nearest a geolocation
global static List getNearby (String lat, String lon) {
// If geolocation isn't set, use Eindhoven (or any other city)
// Put a default location latitue and longitude here, this could be where you are located the most
    // and will only be used as a backup if the browser can not get your location details
    if(lat == null || lon == null || lat.equals('') || lon.equals('')) {
        lat = '51.096214';
        lon = '3.683153';
     // SOQL query to get the nearest accounts
    //you can change km (kilometers) into mi (miles)
    // < 20 means within a radius of 20 km or mi (you can change that)
    //limit 25 shows 25 records (you can adapt that too if you want)
    String queryString =
        'SELECT Id, Name, Location__Longitude__s, Location__Latitude__s, ' +
            'BillingStreet, Phone, BillingCity ' +
        'FROM Account ' +
        'WHERE DISTANCE(Location__c, GEOLOCATION('+lat+','+lon+'), \'km\') < 20 ' +
        'ORDER BY DISTANCE(Location__c, GEOLOCATION('+lat+','+lon+'), \'km\') ' +
        'LIMIT 25';
     // Run and return the query results

but then, I got the Error, that in line 5 an left angle bracket is missing Error Code in detail: "expecting a left angle bracket, found 'getnearby' when i added a left angle bracket, it tells me "unexpected token: '('

Do you have any clue, what am i missing here? I originally copied the class text from the website without any change to it.

Thanks a lot in advance for your support.


  • 2
    You are returning a List of .... Accounts, the syntax is like so: List<Account> – Mihai Neagoe Oct 2 '15 at 8:51
  • Hi Mihai, but this code is exactly like in the thread from the website, where other users don´t have problems with. Can this maybe caused by Salesforce updates, as this thread is from older 2014 – Ralf Wittenberger Oct 2 '15 at 8:57
  • Maybe it's a typo on the website ? – Mihai Neagoe Oct 2 '15 at 8:58

global static List getNearby (String lat, String lon) { you need to change this line into

global static List<sObject> getNearby (String lat, String lon) {

try this and update if it is works for you.

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