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Beginning Google Maps Applications with PHP and Ajax: From Novice to Professional by Jeffrey Sambells, Michael Purvis, Cameron Turner

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PART 1Your FirstGoogle Maps

CHAPTER 1Introducing Google Maps

It's hard to argue that Google Maps hasn't had a fundamental effect on the mapping world. While everyone else was still doing grainy static images, Google developers quietly developed the slickest interface since Gmail. Then they took terabytes of satellite imagery and road data, and just gave it all away for free.

We're big fans of Google Maps and excited to get started here. We've learned a lot about the Google Maps API since it was launched, and even more during the time spent writing and researching for this book. Over the course of the coming chapters, you're going to move from simple tasks involving markers and geocoding to more advanced topics, such as how to acquire data, ...

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