The following is a short interview with Succinctly series author Mark Lewin, whose latest book, Google Maps API Succinctly, was published on Monday, August 6. You can download the book from our website.
1. What should people know about the subject of your book? Why is it important?
If you’re looking to put a map on a webpage, then Google Maps is about the simplest way to do it. Unlike some of the other mapping APIs, you don’t have to go hunting for suitable base map imagery and data layers and then figure a way to serve it all up to your client: you can use Google’s own maps and data with an interface that your users will instantly be familiar with. But you’re not limited to Google’s stuff—you can use the Google Maps API to plot your own geospatial data and leverage the power of mapping to gain real insights from it. While all of this information is available in the Google Maps API reference, here I have tried to pull it all together in a logical way that guides readers through creating their first map and doing some really cool and interesting things with it.
3. By writing this e-book, did you learn anything new yourself?
A new appreciation for just how easy and intuitive this API is to use.
4. How will this subject change over the next few years?
5. Do you see Google Maps API as part of a larger trend in software development?
6. What other books or resources on this topic do you recommend?
Check out my Pluralsight course Google Maps API: Get Started. It’s a bit out of date now, but still very relevant..
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