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Evangelos Petroutsos has a M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. For more than two decades he has been involved in the design and implementation of business software and has authored many books and numerous articles on programming topics. He has extensive experience with GIS systems and spatial databases and has worked extensively with Google Maps since version 2 of the API implementing map-enabled sites. Currently he is involved in a GIS project for a gas utility company.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071823026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071823029
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Evangelos Petroutsos is an engineer with a M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He started his career at the California Institute of Technology as a computer specialist (back then, there were very few titles for computer professionals) and has worked for many companies since. He's also written titles for publishers like SYBEX, Wiley and McGraw-Hill. These titles include Mastering Visual Basic 6 and Mastering Visual Basic .NET, the .NET Power Tools and more.
During the last several years he has worked with the Google Maps API in several projects. His current project is a large GIS system based on Google Maps and MapInfo and much of the experience acquired in this field is included in his last book, "Google Maps: Tools for Maximizing the API."
As an additional aid to the readers of his book, and developers interested in making the most of the Google Maps API at large, Evangelos has created a few tutorials, which you can find at www.pevangelos.com/GoogleMaps. The list of tutorials will grow, provided he has interesting ideas to share.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George on March 29, 2014
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This is an excellent book that covers all aspects of the Google Maps API, from basic markers all the way to heatmaps, symbols and animation. It also includes related topics such as KML and SQL Spatial. Most importantly, this book doesn't rehash the documentation; it demonstrates topics with practical applications. Sure the author shows how to place markers on a map, but also explains how to list the same markers in a table alongside the map. Later in the book you will find an application that bypasses the default info windows of Google Maps and displays data about the selected marker on a floating window on top of the map. The chapter on placing lines and polygons on the map goes even further and includes an application that allows users to draw shapes on the map with the mouse. Beginners may prefer a few statements that demonstrate a specific feature, but if you're developing mapping applications ("map-enabled" applications according to the author) you will eventually write code to perform complicated tasks. Context menus is an example that comes to mind, because the author seems to like them. In short, the book delivers what the title promises.

The author is experienced in cartography and has packed a lot of information regarding geodesics and the Mercator projection in a single chapter. It's a great chapter that I enjoyed very much (and the basic reason I post this review).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Brannon on March 26, 2014
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I've been interested in GIS but had no idea how much functionality is exposed by the Google Maps API. While reading this book I've been learning everything from embedding maps on my web site, to in-depth topics such as storing and accessing geospatial data. Being a little rusty in Javascript I am also pleased that the author included two chapters devoted to Javascript and even a chapter explaining Javascript-based animation. Best of all are the sample applications, which are not only useful themselves but provide clear insight into exactly how you program using the API, and serve as a model for my own applications. Mr Petroutsos leads me every step of the way, making even the most daunting topics accessible. I highly recommend this book and after this experience I will be looking for other works by Mr. Petroutsos, given his talent with tutorials and reference books like this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin T. Wernick on April 29, 2014
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I have purchased six previous books on Google Maps in order to learn how to design either a web interface to display my own annotated maps or hopefully a separate application to do plotting on a map. All of that was in vain because the previous books focused on the simple use of Google Maps or on putting markers on a map. They were highly disappointing to me.

Finally, a definitive guide to using, programming, and interactive drawing has arrived with this book!
Chapter:
1. Introduction to mapping presentations and Google's choices.

2. Designing web pages with embedded maps, event handling, and markers. Most books stop here in their introductions.

3. Javascript programming. A very competent introduction to using Javascript and HTML to display maps.

4. Advanced Javascript programming. Here the deeper details of getting Javascript to work interactively and in depth.

5. This is where it begins, the Google API laid out for your use. Make Google Maps jump up and do your bidding.

6. Embedding maps in desktop Apps. Here is the "Holy Grail" of mapping operations. This is where you get to own the treasure and get Google to run at the heart of your very own design. It's about time. Imagine being able to get the map you want to display, mark it up with path traces, geodesic traces, and compare multiple route lengths and travel time using your own database. Well, its all right here.

7. Markers: Using them intelligently and inventing a few of your own.

8. Features: Drawing paths and shapes on your map.

9. Interactive Drawing: How to control placement of vertices and drawing shapes on your map with a mouse.

10.Geodesic Calculations: Getting serious with map measurements.
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By DevGuy on July 23, 2014
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Hey All, I started out really liking this book. There are a lot of good chapters! A good JavaScript chapter or two. I don't work for this company but would like to help make this book better! I started out wanting to know more about google maps so I started with the google web site that is really good to get started. Trial and Error. I found this book on safari books online and started reading it. First half was really good. One thing I didn't like was the sections were it was an captured image of the code. This is hard to read and would have been better to so screen shots in VS2012 with dark theme or other theme which would be better for book printing. I personally think all books should have all the code in the book. I'm not a fan of going to the web site and downloading stuff. For the guy that could not find the source code to download, go to the books Introduction section before Chapter#1 and read the "How to use this book" section and it will tell you how to download the source code. The one think I don't like is the book shows some vb.net code and we live in a c-flavior world. C# code was not in the download and no c# code in the book. I would like to see the code in C#. Also why would you show just window forms applications when you can do either WPF or Silverlight. By the way you can do the same embedding of the webbrowser control into either WPF or Silverlight too. The Silverlight webbrowser controls is not as good as in win forms or WPF but you can still interact with HTML/JS.

If the author plans on doing a new version i'd be happy to help with some mobile apps and some c# applicaiton samples. One other thing I did't like was the lack of examples for the phones; windows phone, iPhone and Android phones.
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