The Web has changed our lives in many
ways. The first online, on-demand driving
directions from MapQuest very nearly rendered
traditional road atlases obsolete. Today,
many websites that provide driving directions also
make their maps available to developers. Using these
mapping APIs, you can plot your own points or make
a mashup with geo-data from other websites.
Websites like MapQuest and Google Maps have transformed the way we think about maps. But these services do more than offer driving directions—they provide APIs that web developers can use to build highly customized map-based applications.
You'll also learn how to:
Create, embed, and manipulate basic maps by setting zoom levels and map boundaries
Show, hide, and filter location markers and info-bubbles
Customize your maps for visitors based on their location
Use common data formats like GPS XML, Google Earth's KML, and GeoRSS
Create graphical overlays on maps to better analyze data and trends
Use freely available geodata from websites like Yelp and Upcoming—and public domain geodata from the US government
Map Scripting 101 is perfect for any web developer getting started with map scripting, whether you want to track earthquakes around the world, or just mark the best coffee shops in Dubuque.