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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 7Optimizing and Scaling for Large Data Sets

So far in the book, we've looked at the basics of the Google Maps API and shown how it's possible to retrieve and store data for your map. You've probably come up with some great ideas for your own map applications and started to assemble the information for your markers. And you may have found that your data set is overwhelmingly large—far larger than the simple examples you've been experimenting with so far.

In the previous chapters, you've been experimenting with the US FCC data in the Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) database. As you've probably noticed, the FCC tower information is a rather large data set, containing more than 115,000 points across the United States. If you tried to ...

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