Learn the Google Maps API in a hurry

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(Via Flash Insider, Google Maps Mania) SFSurvey.com, a restaurant review site, has produced a sample script and accompanying video tutorial that lets you integrate Google Maps into your website using the Google Maps API. The sample script lets you build a database of locations that you can click on to display dynamic Google Maps on your site.

The good news: the video tutorial is ideal for those of you who have been “meaning to learn Google Maps” and just don’t have time to work through a detailed article on the subject.

The bad news: the script presented by the tutorial is written in ASP and uses Access for the database, rather than more current choices like PHP/MySQL or ASP.NET/MSDE. The code, which is presented in Dreamweaver, is downright scary from a best practices point of view, too… but I guess if you’re using ASP that’s not your biggest concern.

Still, it’s a good way to get a bird’s eye view (if you’ll pardon the expression) of the Google Maps API.

Visit the tutorial page to get started. Remember, there is a video for each of the two steps of the tutorial–I was a little confused at the end of the first video, which made it sound like the end of the whole tutorial.

Kevin YankKevin Yank
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Kevin Yank is an accomplished web developer, speaker, trainer and author of Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL and Co-Author of Simply JavaScript and Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong! Kevin loves to share his wealth of knowledge and it didn't stop at books, he's also the course instructor to 3 online courses in web development. Currently Kevin is the Director of Front End Engineering at Culture Amp.

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