By Collin Allen

Google Maps API

June 29, 2005

A note to web application developers – Google has finally opened their maps service via an Maps API, allowing you to programmatically make use of their maps, as well as plot routes and markers. Previously, the only way to do such a thing was by disassembling the JavaScript which Google uses and creating your own unsupported solution. Now you can create a web application which reliably uses Google Maps without worrying about infrastructure changes affecting your code. You will need a (free) API key to make use of the service, which can be obtained here. I’m excited to see what new web-based tools can be built using the new Google Maps API! Any suggestions for a small project which makes use of it?