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Beginning Google Maps Applications with PHP and Ajax: From Novice to Professional by Jeffrey Sambells, Michael Purvis, Cameron Turner

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CHAPTER 6Improving the User Interface

In this chapter, you'll use the FCC ASR data you collected in Chapter 5 and create a mashup that really shines. What kind of interface surrounds a helpful map? What tricks can you do with a little more CSS and JavaScript? What kinds of things besides markers can you put on a map to increase its usefulness? You'll find some suggestions in this chapter.

This chapter begins where the middle of Chapter 5 left off, but if you're starting here, it's easy to catch up. As a basis, we're using the code from Chapter 2, which plots points listed in a file called map_data.php. We've replaced that flat data file, however, with a PHP script that queries the database and dynamically serves up a list of points corresponding ...

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