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{ Monthly Archives } June 2007

First drafts of Chapter 18 and 19 are posted.

Please let me know whether you have any comments on the following chapters: Chapter 18 " XML, RDF, microformats" (2007-06-20 12:11:02) Chapter 19: "Search" (2007-06-20 17:35:58)

New Drafts of Chapters 7, 9 13, and 17

I just posted the following chapters — for your edication and entertainment: Chapter 7: "Other XML Web Services APIs" (2007-06-09 13:38:24) Chapter 9: "Dissecting mashups and remixes" (2007-06-09 13:49:43) Chapter 13: "Online Maps and 3-D Digital Globes" (2007-06-07 15:44:19) Chapter 17:"Desktop and Web-Based Office Suites" (2007-06-07 15:24:53) As always, I'd be grateful for any constructive […]

mashups of Google Maps Street View?

With pointers such as Greg Sadetsky's tidbits on how Google Map's Street View works in the browser (e.g., URLs of specific shots, a pointer to a Flare, an Actionscript decompiler), how long will we have to wait until we get mashups that give us a video tour of Berkeley using photos from Street View?

Speculating on future trends for online maps

The online mapping arena is changing so quickly, and I obviously am not able to cover the details of all these changes. Nonetheless, it's helpful to speculate on what I believe to be the long-term trends in this area as a way of priming yourself for future changes. I think that you'll see a migration […]

KML adoption beyond Google Earth

KML has moved beyond its use in Google Earth alone. For instance, you can display KML files and export search results and one of your "my maps" from Google Maps in KML. Other applications are beginning to support KML: For instance, you can get KML coming out of Yahoo! Pipes. There is support for KML […]

Mapstraction and OpenLayers: abstraction layers for mapping APIs

In Chapter 13, I cover how to use some of major mapping APIs: Google Maps, Yahoo, Mapquest, and Microsofts'. It would be convenient to be able to not worry about the differences among the maps and easily switch among the various maps. That's the promise of a mapping"abstraction" library such as Mapstraction ( We'll have […]

programmableweb helps me to keep up on a busy week in maps

Two recent entries of note: » Blog Archive » API News from Where 2.0 is a good pointer to some of the new developments in this space. This week has been is a busy week for developments in online mapping because of such events as the Where 2.0 conference, the Google developer Day, WhereCamp […]

Drafts of Chapters 15 and 16 have been uploaded

I have uploaded two more first drafts: Chapter 15: "Online calendars and Event Aggregators" Chapter 16: "Online storage" They are a bit rough but I'd definitely value feedback from any valiant readers out there!