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Google Maps Hacks: Tips and Tools for Geographic Searching and Remixingby Rich Gibson and Schuyler Erle
Synopses & Reviews
Want to find every pizza place within a 15-mile radius? Where the dog parks are in a new town? The most central meeting place for your class, club or group of friends? The cheapest gas stations on a day-to-day basis? The location of convicted sex offenders in an area to which you may be considering moving? The applications, serendipitous and serious, seem to be infinite, as developers find ever more creative ways to add to and customize the satellite images and underlying API of Google Maps.
Written by Schuyler Erle and Rich Gibson, authors of the popular Mapping Hacks, Google Maps Hacks shares dozens of tricks for combining the capabilities of Google Maps with your own datasets. Such diverse information as apartment listings, crime reporting or flight routes can be integrated with Google's satellite imagery in creative ways, to yield new and useful applications.
The authors begin with a complete introduction to the "standard" features of Google Maps. The adventure continues with 60 useful and interesting mapping projects that demonstrate ways developers have added their own features to the maps. After that's given you ideas of your own, you learn to apply the techniques and tools to add your own data to customize and manipulate Google Maps. Even Google seems to be tacitly blessing what might be seen as unauthorized use, but maybe they just know a good thing when they see one.
With the tricks and techniques you'll learn from Google Maps Hacks, you'll be able to adapt Google's satellite map feature to create interactive maps for personal and commercial applications for businesses ranging from real estate to package delivery to home services, transportation and more. Includes a foreword by Google Maps tech leads, Jens and Lars Rasmussen.
Book News Annotation:
The creators of Google Maps introduce this guide to personalizing its mapping capabilities by noting their awe at hackers' creativity regarding their recently launched Where 2.0 Web site. After explaining how this service has added the geographic dimension to the Web and the more positive connotations of "hacking," the authors present 70 nonplatform- specific (mostly) hacks reproducible (for the most part) code. Readers can contribute hacks for future editions.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book News Annotation:
The creators of Google Maps introduce this guide to personalizing its mapping capabilities by noting their awe at hackers' creativity regarding their recently launched Where 2.0 Web site. After explaining how this service has added the geographic dimension to the Web and the more positive connotations of "hacking," the authors present 70 nonplatform- specific (mostly) hacks reproducible (for the most part) code. Readers can contribute hacks for future editions. Annotation Â©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Google Maps makes Web-based mapping fun, and opens up an incredible variety of opportunities for developers. This resource shows developers how to add their own functionality to Google Maps.
Foreword by Jens & Lars Rasmussen, Google Maps Tech Leads
About the Author
Rich Gibson is a Perl/Database programmer in Santa Rosa CA. He has worked professionally with computers since 1982 when he created Public Utility Rate Case Models in SuperCalc on an Osborne II. His current fascination is creating tools to aid in the acquisition, management, and presentation of information with a geographic component. He is currently converting an old golf cart into a mobile geo annotation platform.Rich is active with the NoCat Community Network in Sebastopol, California, and is the primary developer of NoCat Maps (http://maps.nocat.net/).
Schuyler Erle is a freelance writer and software engineer. After several years developing web applications for O'Reilly, Schuyler has recently moved on to pursue his interest in free networks, digital cartography, the Semantic Web, and technology for social and political change. He is the chief architect of NoCatAuth, a leading Open Source wireless captive portal. His interest in digital cartography stems from a life-long fascination with maps and mapmaking, coupled with his experience as a co-founder of the NoCat community network in Sonoma County, CA, where he collaborated in the development of geographic analysis tools for wireless networking.
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