Beginning Google Maps Applications with Rails and Ajax: From Novice to Professional

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In this chapter, we speculated about what might be coming up in the Google API. Along with the new services, we can expect better tools. As with any web application, Google will be c- tinually improving on the existing components of the Maps API. Tools like the geocoder will eventually expand to cover more countries and improve accuracy as more detailed infor- tion becomes available. Satellite imagery will increase in detail and will be updated continually with more and more recent images. Now we are ready to move on to some more advanced mapping techniques. In the next part of the book, we’ll cover a wide variety of complementary concepts for your mapping projects. Chapter 9 demonstrates how to make your own info windows and tool tips, as well as other overlay-related tricks. In Chapter 10, we cover some mathematics you may need in a professional map. Finally, in Chapter 11, we show you how to build your own geocoder from scratch, using a raw data set. PART 3 ? ? ? Advanced Map Features and Methods CHAPTER 9 ? ? ? Advanced Tips and Tricks Beyond what you’ve seen so far, the Google Maps API has a number of features that are often overlooked. Here, you’ll go through a variety of examples to learn how to use some of the more advanced features of the API, such as the ability to change map tiles and the possibility of c- ating your own overlay objects.

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User Review  - onefinemess - LibraryThing

Good general intro to the Google maps api. Some of the examples don't like up properly with what is being suggested (ie skipping a few steps between what is said and what is shown in actual code), but that is only a few cases. Read full review

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Great book, this book is for beginners who want to implement Google map on his web.

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About the author (2007)

Andre Lewis has been working with technology for the last nine years. His experience ranges from large-scale enterprise consulting with Accenture to startup ventures and open source projects. During "Web 1.0," Andre helped architect coolboard.com, one of the top 50 trafficked Internet sites in 2000. He currently runs his own business, developing Ruby on Rails applications and consulting on Web 2.0 technologies. He also runs hotspotr.com, a community-driven site for WiFi cafes. He blogs about technology, work, and general interests at http://earthcode.com. From time to time, Andre gives presentations to San Francisco-area technology groups, including SDForum and the SF Ruby meetup. Andre lives and works in San Francisco, California. When he's not working with clients or exploring the latest technologies, he likes to mountain bike, camp, and ride his motorcycle.