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Map Scripting 101: An Example-Driven Guide to Building Interactive Maps with Bing, Yahoo!, and Google Maps [Paperback]

Adam DuVander
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August 25, 2010 1593272715 978-1593272715 1

Websites like MapQuest and Google Maps have transformed the way we think about maps. But these services do more than offer driving directions—they provide APIs that web developers can use to build highly customized map-based applications.

In Map Scripting 101, author Adam DuVander delivers 73 immediately useful scripts that will show you how to create interactive maps and mashups. You'll build tools like a local concert tracker, a real-time weather map, a Twitter friend-finder, an annotated map of Central Park, and much more. And because the book is based on the cross-platform Mapstraction JavaScript library, everything you create will be able to use nearly any mapping service, including OpenStreetMap, MapQuest, Google, Yahoo!, and Bing.

You'll also learn how to:

  • Create, embed, and manipulate basic maps by setting zoom levels and map boundaries
  • Show, hide, and filter location markers and info-bubbles
  • Customize your maps for visitors based on their location
  • Use common data formats like GPS XML, Google Earth's KML, and GeoRSS
  • Create graphical overlays on maps to better analyze data and trends
  • Use freely available geodata from websites like Yelp and Upcoming—and public domain geodata from the US government

Map Scripting 101 is perfect for any web developer getting started with map scripting, whether you want to track earthquakes around the world, or just mark the best coffee shops in Dubuque.

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About the Author

Adam DuVander writes about geolocation, web development, and APIs for Programmable Web and WebMonkey,'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).

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: 9.3 x 7.1 x 0.9 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: #349,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful to understand general concept...flawed code December 22, 2010
By Seus
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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.

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

- 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely, practical and fun August 25, 2010
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
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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners and more advanced programmers 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
5.0 out of 5 stars This system of web mapping works. November 6, 2011
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Among other things, I'm a GIS analyst with the desire and need to communicate geospatial data via the Web. I've looked into a number of different systems that I could use on my website. With only a little bit of adjustment, the methods described in this manual had me up and running in a matter of hours. I haven't explored everything that this book offers but I will. As a programmer with "archived" web development skills in JavaScript, &c. (my first language was FORTRAN IV -- also archived), I was able to bring a lot of code back to the surface of my memory by using the examples in this manual.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book if you buy into Mapstraction January 1, 2011
I loved the book. Easy to read, easy to follow, easy to learn. I have almost twenty years of development experience and needed to learn map scripting; but the book didn't insult my geeky intelligence. On the other hand a web designer co-worker didn't feel overwhelmed by the techie stuff (don't know how it can be done - but the author did it).

So, why only four stars? Because I have a problem with the basic premise of the book - that additional level of abstraction (mapstraction library) has benefits and worth learning, as opposed to developing straight in Google, Yahoo, or Bing. In my twenty year experience I saw cross-platform zApp libraries; cross-GUI Zinc library, and many others. Unless you are a software developer that is building a toolkit and need to support your customers' choice of map libraries - *you* can choose one and develop there. Debugging is simpler, and help in forums is much more abundant!

Anyway, this is obviously not a place to discuss costs vs. benefits of mapstraction. If you are sold - this is the best book you can think of. Otherwise, still read it for general education, but then dive into APIs of your provider of choice!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and understand
Reading this book is easy and very clear to understand.
I like the author's approach and I plan to use parts of his scripts in my webapplications. Read more
Published 17 months ago by on6bvk
3.0 out of 5 stars very hepful
very helpful but will be better to find the complete examples of code because the book only shows pieces of code
Published 19 months ago by Alejandro Cortes R
5.0 out of 5 stars Far More Interesting than 50 Shades
This book was surprisingly readable - and fun! Duvander put a genuine effort into making this text understandable, even for novices such as myself. Read more
Published on June 25, 2012 by Mining the Oort
3.0 out of 5 stars Out of date
Overall a good basic set of lessons. But the companion site has no updates and the book material is 2 yrs old. Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by morgantor
2.0 out of 5 stars it's okay
When I got this book I was very excited to begin learning how to do map scripting. I quickly learned that this book would cause more frustration than anything. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by trying to map
2.0 out of 5 stars A good intro to maps in web pages, but many problems
At first I was excited about mapstraction, the OpenSource javascript front end for using google, yahoo, and other map providers. The book is well written and fun. Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by Matt Kallio
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique, useful and highly recommended guide!
MAP SCRIPTING 101 offers over seventy useful script examples that show readers how to create interactive maps and mashups, using different tools from Twitter's friend-finder to a... Read more
Published on November 11, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Maps 101 to 401
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. Read more
Published on October 12, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST BUY!! -- This book is AMAZING!
I'll keep my review short and sweet.

1. extremely easy to read and follow
2. step-by-step instructions work wonderfully

Pretty much.. Read more
Published on October 5, 2010 by JBoulder
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