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Map Scripting 101: An Example-Driven Guide to Building Interactive Maps with Bing, Yahoo!, and Google Maps Paperback – August 25, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1593272715 ISBN-10: 1593272715 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Adam DuVander writes about geolocation, web development, and APIs for Programmable Web and WebMonkey, Wired.com's web developer resource. He has presented his work at SXSW and O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference. He lives at 45° 33' 25" N, 122° 31' 55" W (otherwise known as Portland, Oregon).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (August 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593272715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593272715
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why not just use one provider's API directly?
Matt Kallio
The hardest thing for someone like me to do was crack open the book.
Jon C. McNeill
Reading this book is easy and very clear to understand.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Seus on December 22, 2010
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I've gone over different aspects of this book a few times now, and was really looking forward to it showing a few things with ease, that I was looking to complete for a site I'm working on. Needless to say, I'm rather disappointed with the code issues within the book. I've compared the code in the book itself to the code on both the books website and the code on the Mapstraction website, and it varies much from both. So much so that it doesn't even work correctly...I believe that it's partially due to the lack of clarity on the Mapstraction website. The book does excel in describing techniques used for map scripting without a reliance on any one particular service, but after the issues described above, I feel that sticking to one service (such as google maps) would make your life a lot easier.

Pros
- Good read for basic concepts
- Easy to read and understand

Cons
- Flawed code and examples
- Book site code doesn't always match books code
(site code appears to be outdated! How this is possible I don't know)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Loyd on August 25, 2010
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This book couldn't have come at a better time: everything to do with mapping and location awareness is just hitting the mainstream, from NASA cartography to geotagged tweets. If you want practical tools for putting this enormous flood of data to use on the web, this is by far the best starting point, and an excellent reference guide to boot.

Honestly, when I first opened it, I wasn't that interested. I'm a web guy with a chronic interest in mapping, and I figured anything with "101" in the title was beneath me. But after a few chapters to bring beginners up to speed, it was introducing stuff I'd never thought of, and by the end there are ideas that you could easily turn into the basis for a major site. That's pretty amazing for a book that assumes no previous knowledge of the topic.

(In fact, now that I think about it, if someone told me they didn't know where to get started with web development, I would point them to this book among others. The practical projects would make it much more rewarding than the usual "now let's turn the <div> blue"-type JavaScript guides.)

It's also just plain fun to read. DuVander's writing style is warm and engaging without talking down to the reader, and most of the example projects are interesting in themselves, even if you're only using them as exercises.

If you want to work with maps on the web, this is easily the best all-around resource.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon C. McNeill on August 20, 2010
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I know enough about the web to not call it the "Internets," but beyond that I know next to nothing about programming, coding, Java... the list goes on. I began reading this book after struggling to set up my first website and I think that DuVander has done something that I didn't know was possible: he's created an approachable guide to creating complex online maps for readers of any experience level--even me.

The hardest thing for someone like me to do was crack open the book. Once I had, the author captured me with his conversational style. He's written Map Scripting 101 almost like a workbook: you learn through doing something small, then adding a bit more to it, and a bit more... and before long, you have mastered something surprising in its complexity. And maybe most surprising at all: none of it was the least bit painful.

Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Ching on August 29, 2010
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This book is very accessible and useful to beginners and advanced programmers looking to incorporate useful maps into their sites. It is easy to follow with clear examples. The author writes authoritatively on the topic but in a simple, approachable style. He is able to maintain that approach with the more advanced map projects. If you are looking to build interactive maps for your site, this book is not only required reading, it is also a pleasure to read.

I have read several books on web development over the past few years. This is the first one I actually enjoyed reading. In so many books (even the ones written for beginners), it's easy to get lost. This is the first one I did not throw across the room in frustration.

The companion site is a nice, convenient supplement to the book. And I wish I had the JavaScript quick start guide when I was starting to learn it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Jacobson on October 12, 2010
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Maps are endlessly fascinating. They provide a sense of potential, pushing new horizons, extending old frontiers, as well as helping one find the nearest Starbucks. This book provides a great introduction to the art of accessing maps from a web site. And more than accessing them, customizing them for any number of uses.

While this book is listed as a 101 book, it contains techniques that go well beyond a newbie's interest. The warm, clear and engaging prose from the author invites one to dig in. What you may have thought was over your head turns out to be doable with the right tools.

It has many examples, and contains keys to using maps from Bing, Google, and Yahoo. It is rich with examples of map usage from each of these sources. As the title suggests, the key to using maps is understanding how to write a script that optimizes a particular map for your needs. There is even an appendix that provides an introduction to JavaScript, the main scripting language used on the web and the language used in the example scripts.

If you have an interest in adding any type of location information to a web site, this book is a must have. If you would just like to know how to do it, this book will guide you to answers, and might even hook you into writing code for your own site. Highly Recommended!
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