PART 3Ready for theBig Leagues

CHAPTER 9Intermediate API Topics

At this point in the book, you've reached a real milestone in your development as a map programmer. You now have a solid foundation in both the Maps and Mapplets APIs, including all the building blocks required to create great geo-mashups. In this third and final section, I'm going to bring it all together and focus on real-world mapping solutions, including a number of ways to help you deploy high-quality map applications, as well as more in-depth work with geodata.

We'll get things started in this chapter with several options for custom map markers, ranging from alternatives offered by Google to building the markers yourself from scratch. We'll then revisit geocoding with a solution ...

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