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Google Maps, Google Earth and the New Geography: Google Maps--the API

Introduction to the "My Maps" feature of Google Maps as well as well as sharing maps and viewing them in 3-D with Google Earth

Introduction

The Google Maps API lets you embed Google Maps in your own web pages with JavaScript. The API provides a number of utilities for manipulating maps and adding content to the map through a variety of services, allowing you to create robust maps applications on your website.

A basic knowledge of HTML and JavaScript is necessary. The Google Maps Javascript API Version 3 is now the official Javascript API. The JavaScript Maps API V3 is a free service, available for any web site that is free to consumers.

Resources

There are no workshops on Google Maps API currently being taught at Cornell University Library. However, Google provides an excellent tutorial designed for people familiar with JavaScript programming and object-oriented programming concepts. You should also be familiar with Google Maps from a user's point of view. Google's conceptual documentation is designed to let you quickly start exploring and developing applications with the Google Maps API. Google also publishes the Google Maps API Reference.

Svennerberg, Gabriel. Beginning Google Maps API 3. New York: APress, c2010 - this is a very helpful reference manual for version 3 is Gabriel Svennerberg's book targeting primarily web designers/developers who want to learn how to use Google Maps API on their own web sites. The book can also be used by those without any deep knowledge of how to create web sites, because the concepts are thoroughly described. The book is also available in electronic format only for members of the Cornell community.

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