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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Web Development
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2 edition (July 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430228024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430228028
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gabriel Svennerberg is a usability-oriented web developer from Sweden. He's been working in the web industry for over a decade and is known in the web developer community for evangelizing usability and web standards. He's also known for spreading knowledge about the Google Maps API through his website, In Usability We Trust, which also features articles about usability and other things related to web development. It s found at www.svennerberg.com. At his current job at Saab Security and Defence Solutions (www.saabgroup.com), Gabriel is busy designing and building web applications for situation awareness and crisis management. These applications always incorporate maps in some way and the Google Maps API is one of the map solutions being used.

Gabriel lives in V xj , Sweden with his fianc e, Petronella, and their son, Ludvig.


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Gabriel Svennerberg is an Interaction/UI Designer & Web Developer based in Sweden. He's been working in the web industry for more than a decade and is known in the web developer community for evangelizing usability and web standards. He's also known for spreading knowledge about the Google Maps API through his website, In usability we trust, which features articles about Google Maps, UX, and other things related to web development. It's found at www.svennerberg.com.

He currently runs a small consultancy called Meetod (www.meetod.com) where he helps organizations of different sizes to create best in class web applications.

Gabriel lives in Växjö, Sweden, with his fiancée, Petronella, and their son Ludvig.

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Definitely a book to start with for beginners.
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Thanks to the authors very clear writing and frequent use of small examples this book is a pleasure to read.
Anthony L. Brown
This book is going to stay right next to me on my desk.
Phillip L. Reese

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anthony L. Brown on August 9, 2010
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Thanks to the authors very clear writing and frequent use of small examples this book is a pleasure to read. Everything I wanted to know was covered. The online documentation of the google maps api 3 is pretty good, but I definitely found that using this book helped me get my project done alot faster. Even after I was done with my project, i went back and read through every page of this book, just because the author is easy to understand and the small examples are fun to follow.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Phillip L. Reese on September 3, 2010
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I'm sometimes tasked with creating web mapping applications for my job, so I'm constantly visiting the Google Maps API group for help with any problems, or just to search for interesting web mashups posted by others. Last year, I somehow followed link after link after link and found myself looking at Gabriel Svennerberg's blog. After reading several entries pertaining to the Google Maps API, I bookmarked his blog because I knew I would refer to it in the future - everything he wrote was not only useful but easy to understand. When he announced he was writing a Google Maps v3 book, I was excited - an entire book written in the style of the blog posts that I found so valuable! The only problem was that the blog posts slowed to a trickle, as Gabriel was spending most of his time writing for the book.

It's been over a year since Gabriel announced he was writing the book, but it's finally here and I can easily say it's been worth the wait. I don't come from programming background - I kind of fell into the Google Maps API while studying Geography - so it's been a constant struggle for me to find accessible Google Maps API resources that not only cover the capabilities of the API, but also explain the JavaScript concepts behind them in a way that I can understand. Gabriel's writing style is very easy to read and understand and the examples found in each chapter are immediately useful for all sorts of applications. It almost seems like this book was written specifically for me.

This was a great read, and it's a book that I'm sure I'll consult many, many times. I've bought a ton of programming books that have been an absolute chore to read, and those books usually end up on my bookshelf unread. This book is going to stay right next to me on my desk. Hopefully this book sells well enough that Gabriel decides to keep writing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bojan Pejic on October 12, 2010
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As the book title says this is for those readers who are getting to know Google Maps API 3. It's written clean and understandable, with lot of code examples and pictures which represents given code result. At the beginning of book some description of Google Maps API, version 3, and mapping fundamentals are written. After basic introduction to some coding (xhtml,css,javascript, how to use api reference) book dives into API elements: how to create map, set mapOptions, markers, marker icons, infoWindows, Polylines and Polygons. In appendix is included API reference, which is very useful. Through book there are a lot of tips, usually a web page which will give you more information of currently read topic. So, if you're a Google Maps API 3 beginner, this is the right book for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andy G on October 14, 2011
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I'm an experienced web developer, and though this book is clearly meant to be accessible for very inexperienced people as well, I found it a clear and useful introduction to the Google Maps API3.

Some experienced reviewers have grumbled that the book is basic, but I see it differently. If Svennerberg had custom-written a book for me taking into account exactly what I already do and don't know, it would have been much thinner. But I don't expect custom-written books. I just skipped the parts that I already knew, and I very much appreciated the clear descriptions and simple examples for the parts that were new to me.

Could an experienced developer figure all this out by crawling the API documentation and posting questions to Stack Overflow? Obviously. But this book cost me less than $20. I don't know what your time's worth to you, but there's no question that by pulling all the basics together in a tidy, readable format with working examples, this book saved far, far more than $20 of my time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jman on July 14, 2011
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I just started at a job where I am doing mostly javascript programming (I've only done java and vb in the past) and I am making a google maps widget for a site. This book gave me absolutely everything I needed to get started, from javascript tips to basic (and slightly more advanced) maps features. Of course, since this is a beginner book I turned to the internet for advice on more advanced polygons, but I still regularly return to the book for its clear, well-written instructions and wealth of tips and tricks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. BOND on September 13, 2012
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I've sometimes hesitated to buy Apress books because they can cost a little more at times, but I have never regretted the purchase when I did. This book is no exception.

This is by nature a difficult book to write given the wide range of skills amongst likely readers - from the wide-eyed novice new to Javascript let alone mapping, to a map-API wizard just wanting to upgrade to the new 3.0 standard. Svennerberg did a great job of serving the full range of his audience. For the experienced Google mappers he offers chapter 2 which is basically how to convert to the new commands and how to manage the changes in timing, etc. Good stuff. For the rest of us, he offers one of the best intros to Javascript I've ever read and a novice could probably wing it based on that. The progression of thought is generally well planned and it serves well as a reference afterward.

Some of the book's success comes from the author's ability to organize things in topics that come up as you progress in your abilities. The basic map stuff first, for example, vs. a later chapter on ways to manage maps with a gazillion points at once. Hundred of points turns out to be a common problem once you get excited about what you can do and start applying it. Unless you're willing to learn actionscript and go to Mapquest it can be a real problem. Svennenberg's memory management tips alone were worth the price of the book.

There are a few minor typos in the writing, but nothing significant and the code seems to work well. The author mentions his editor beta-testing chapter 5 and I believe it: The book reads like someone actually thought through whether or not it communicates and whether people can track the logical progression.
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