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Beginning Google Maps Mashups with Mapplets, KML, and GeoRSS: From Novice to Professional by Sterling Udell

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CHAPTER 2Getting Started withthe Maps API

When Google Maps was introduced in February 2005, it was immediately hailed as a major advance in web mapping. By preloading the map beyond the borders of what was visible in the browser, Google was able to create an illusion that you had the entire world at your fingertips. Page refreshes to change map views became a thing of the past.

Just a few months later, Google extended this achievement by offering the same mapping system it used itself, free of charge, to anyone with minimal web programming skills. More than any other event, the release of this API fostered the creation of the geoweb and spawned a proliferation of geospatially aware sites across the Web.

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