Google Maps API

Preliminary research

The Google Maps API lets you embed Google Maps in your own web pages with JavaScript. You can add overlays to the map (including markers and polylines) and display shadowed "info windows" just like Google Maps.


Pre requirements for developers:

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.

Based on Technologies:

Recommended to use standards-compliant XHTML on pages that contain maps.

API Functionality:

  • Maps:
    • Map Movement and Animation
    • Adding Controls to the Map
    • Event Listeners
    • Opening an Info Window
    • Map Overlays
    • Click Handling
    • Display Info Windows Above Markers
    • Tabbed Info Windows
    • Creating Icons
    • Using Icon Classes
    • Draggable Markers
    • Encoded Polylines
    • Using XML and Asynchronous RPC ("AJAX") with Maps
    • Custom Map Controls
    • Custom Overlays
    • KML/GeoRSS Overlays
  • Geocoder
    • Geocoding using JavaScript
    • Extracting Structured Address Information
    • Caching Geocodes

User’s Functionality:

Browser Compatibility:

The Google Maps API supports the same browsers as the Google Maps site. Google Maps currently supports the following web browsers:
  • IE 6.0+
  • Firefox 0.8+
  • Safari 1.2.4+
  • Netscape 7.1+
  • Mozilla 1.4+
  • Opera 8.02+

Is it open source?

The Maps API is a free beta service, available for any web site that is free to consumers.
To use the API, you need to sign up for an API key.
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