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Hacking Google Maps and Google Earth (Extremetech)by Martin C Brown
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Going somewhere? Or just getting back?
Great vacation photos—too bad you can't remember where you took them. And wouldn't it have been terrific to find a pizza joint when you bumped into your college buddy in that little ski town? Well, by making Google Maps and Google Earth do your bidding, you can find out not only where you're going, but where you've been. Get an aerial view of the beach in that picture. Pinpoint every Thai takeout in your girlfriend's zip code. Plan the Great International Rollercoaster Tour. Here's how.
Create applications that let you do all this and more
Companion Web site
Visit http://maps.mcslp.com to find full source code for all hacks and mods in the book, working examples, ongoing information about Google Maps and Google Earth, a blog, and more.
Google Maps allows users to map out single locations, get driving directions, or map a group of locations; Google Earth enables users to zoom into any point on the globe and display various information using satellite and high altitude photos for display For hackers and modders, Google Maps and Earth are ripe for some very interesting projects-users are creating their own virtual site-seeing tours and displaying real time traffic . . . and that's just the beginning This one-of-a-kind resource contains 500 pages of jaw-dropping hacks, mods, and customizations, including creating mashups with data from other sources such as Flickr, building a space station tracker, hacking Maps with Firefox PiggyBank, and building a complete community site with Maps and Earth Other unique projects show readers how to find any golf course in the world, hack maps with statistical data, build interactive maps, and integrate Maps and Earth with Google search, just to name a few
This one-of-a-kind resource contains 500 pages of jaw-dropping hacks, mods, and customizations. These include creating mashups with data from other sources such as Flickr, building a space station tracker, hacking Maps with Firefox PiggyBank, and building a complete community site with Maps and Earth. Now you can map out locations, get driving directions, zoom into any point on the globe, display real time traffic, and much more.
About the Author
Martin "MC" Brown is the author of numerous computer books and a devoted mapping geek. He's a regular contributor to ServerWatch.com and IBM developerWorks, and he is currently a member of the MySQL Documentation Team. His expertise spans multiple platforms and development languages.
Table of Contents
Part I. Basics.
Chapter 1. Using Geographical Information.
Chapter 2. The Google Local Interface.
Chapter 3. The GoogleMaps API.
Chapter 4. The Google Web API.
Chapter 5. Storing and Sharing Information.
Part II. Instant Gratification.
Chapter 6. Working with Existing Address Information.
Chapter 7. Extending the Google API Examples.
Chapter 8. Discovering Overlays and Mash-ups.
Part III. Google Map Hacks.
Chapter 9. Using Overlays.
Chapter 10. Overlaying Statistical Data.
Chapter 11. Building a Community Site.
Chapter 12. The Realtors and Archaeologists Toolkit.
Chapter 13. I Need to Get To.
Chapetr 14. Merging with Flickr Photos.
Part IV. Google Earth Hacks.
Chapter 15. Introducing Google Earth.
Chapter 16. Generating Google Earth Feeds.
Chapter 17. History and Planning with Google Earth.
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