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CSS3 For Dummies by John Paul Mueller

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Chapter 8

Using the Google API

In This Chapter

arrow Discovering why using Google API makes your job easier

arrow Working with the Google APIs Explorer

arrow Using multiple libraries in a single project

You’ve already seen the considerable array of programming-like tasks that CSS can perform for you. However, you’ve also seen situations where CSS needs a little help — in the form of JavaScript — to provide a complete solution to a problem. This chapter further explores the combination of CSS and JavaScript commonly used to create complete solutions through the use of various Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The use of APIs has become incredibly popular because they make developers more productive, reduce the requirement to maintain massive amounts of software in-house, and solve a huge array of support issues (not to mention forcing someone else to foot the bill).

So far, you’ve only looked at two APIs (jQuery and jQuery UI in Chapter 6) and a library of pre-defined CSS aids (Dynamic Drive in Chapter 7), but a problem should be apparent: Creating links for each of these APIs individually can become cumbersome. The Google Content Distribution Network (CDN) (which includes the Google API ...

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