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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 7Creating a Mapplet

By now, you should have a pretty good understanding of the mapplet ecosystem: where mapplets live, what they do, and their relation to the familiar Google Maps API. By inserting your own geospatial content and functionality into maps.google.com, as we've seen, mapplets are an excellent way to open your geodata to millions of potential users.

So, the logical next step is to learn how to build and deploy a mapplet of your own. I'll start this chapter by presenting and analyzing a simple mapplet, giving you a guided tour of its internal structure and how it differs from code we've covered before. We'll then take a look at related mapplet programming considerations, including hosting, installing, testing, and publishing. ...

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