Monday, August 8, 2011

Beginning Google Maps Applications with PHP and Ajax: From Novice to Professional [Repost]

The Google Maps API remains one of the showcase examples of the Web 2.0 development paradigm, making it fairly trivial for third-party developers to incorporate dynamic mapping services into Web applications. In fact, interest in the Google service is so strong that it arguably sparked the mashup phenomenon, along with a number of websites such as intended to highlight some of the exciting applications developers are building using the mapping API.
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About the Author

Mike Purvis is a Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. He maintains a weblog at and enjoys cooking, cycling, and playing with LEGO. He's worked on many web projects of various sizes and has a strong interest in independent standards and open source.
Jeff Sambells is a Graphic Designer and self taught Web Application developer best known for his unique ability to merge the visual world of graphics with the mental realm of code. With a Bachelor of Technology degree in Graphic Communications Management and a minor in Multimedia, Jeffrey was originally trained for the paper and ink printing industry, but he soon realized the world of pixels and digital ink was were his ideas would prosper.
In late 1999, he co-founded We-Create Inc., an internet software company based in Waterloo, Ontario, which began many long nights of challenging and creative innovation. Currently, as Director of Research and Development for We-Create, Jeffrey is responsible for investigating new and emerging internet technologies and integrating them using web standards compliant methods. He is described by his peers as both a natural programmer and an innovative thinker.
Cameron Turner has been programming interactive games since his first computer in 1985; interactive web sites since 1994 and since 1999 has been one of the founders of We-Create Inc. He obtained his honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo Ontario, with specializations in applied cryptography, database design and computer security. As the Chief Technology Officer at We-Create Inc., Cam has been involved in all aspects of Internet software development, design and specification. More than a manager, Cam maintains an active ability to develop in all of the latest break-through technologies as well as an ability to easily translate tech-talk into lay-English for clients and their stakeholders.

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