Beginning Google Maps API 3. 2nd Edition - PDF

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Beginning Google Maps API 3. 2nd Edition by Gabriel Svennerberg

This book started out as an idea in spring 2009. I had written quite a few articles and tutorials about the Google Maps API v2 and thought that I could reuse them to write a book. That shouldn’t take too long, I thought. Shortly after, during Google I/O 2009, Google announced that it was releasing version 3 of the API. This release was a total remake of the old one, and I soon realized that I now had to write a book about this version instead. This rendered my intital plan to reuse my old articles completely useless. I also had to learn the new API; it was, after all, a complete remake. In retrospect, I’m glad that I did. The new API has a much cleanear programming interface and is more well structured than the old one. It just feels better to program with. And now that the book is being published, version 2 is deprecated, and version 3 is the recommended alternative for new map applications.


Writing this book became a bigger undertaking than I first anticipated, but it has also been a lot more fun and interesting journey than I expected (even if I’ve despaired at times). Writing this, my first book, has been a learning experience. When I started the project, I had no clue how to go about it. I didn’t now how to get it published or how to structure it. But it all somehow unfolded as the work progressed, and here I am now, with a finished book.


My journey with Google Maps started in 2007, when I created my very first map. It was a map showing the location of a restaurant. It not only let you see the location of the restaurant but also allowed you to enter an address in a text field to get driving directions. Very cool stuff. Since then, I’ve created a lot of maps using the API, not the least as part of my job as a web developer and interaction designer at Saab Security Solutions.


My hope for this book is that you as a reader will be able to quickly grasp the concepts of the Google Maps API so that you can create your own map solutions. In fact, after reading this book, I hope that you’re not only able to create your own maps but that you’re also able to deal with many of the common pitfalls most developers encounter when building Google Maps solutions.


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