By Michael Purvis, Jeffrey Sambells, Cameron Turner

Until lately, construction interactive web-based mapping purposes has been a bulky affair. This replaced while Google published its strong Maps API. Beginning Google Maps purposes with Hypertext Preprocessor and Ajax was once written that can assist you make the most of this know-how on your personal endeavorswhether you’re an fanatic taking part in for enjoyable or a qualified development for revenue. This e-book covers model 2 of the API, together with Google’s new Geocoding service.

Authors Jeffrey Sambells, Cameron Turner, and Michael Purvis get rolling with examples that require rarely any code in any respect, yet you’ll fast turn into familiar with many elements of the Maps API. They display robust tools for at the same time plotting huge info units, developing your personal map overlays, and harvesting and geocoding units of addresses. You’ll see how one can organize replacement tile units and the place to entry imagery to exploit for them. The authors even aid you construct your individual geocoder from scratch, for these high-volume batch jobs.

As good as supplying hands-on examples of actual mapping tasks, this ebook provides a whole reference for the Maps API, besides the appropriate facets of JavaScript, CSS, Hypertext Preprocessor, and SQL. stopover at the authors' site for added advice and advice.

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Check the box, and then enter the URL of your webspace. ■Note Why a key? Google has its reasons, which may or may not include seeing what projects are where, which are the most popular, and which may be violating the terms of service. Google is not the only one that makes you authenticate to use an API. us, Amazon, and others all provide services with APIs that require you to first obtain a key. When you sign up to receive your key, Google will also provide you with a very basic “starter map” to help familiarize you with the fundamental concepts required to integrate a map into your website.

Your eyes and your text editor will love you if they don’t have to deal with mixed XHTML and JavaScript at the same time. In this case, you’ll actually take it one step further and also separate the marker data file from the map functions file. This will allow you to easily convert the static data file to a dynamically generated file in later chapters, without the need to touch any of the processing JavaScript. php for the data to plot on the map. php file. Listing 2-2. qxd 7/25/06 1:26 PM Page 19 CHAPTER 2 ■ GETTING STARTED

Listing 2-2 is the same basic HTML document as before, except that now there are two extra script elements inside the head.

Qxd 8 7/25/06 1:24 PM Page 8 CHAPTER 1 ■ INTRODUCING GOOGLE MAPS we’ll be landing at is on the west side of the bay. Click the airport here, too. As you can see in Figure 1-4, a second white dot appears on the airport and a blue line connects the two points. You can see how far your flight was on the right side of the screen, underneath the route label. Wow, our flight seems to have been over 2000 miles! If you made a mistake and accidentally clicked a few extra times in the process of getting to San Francisco, you can use the Undo Last option.

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