PART 1Your First Google Maps

CHAPTER 1Google Maps and Rails

The last year or so has been an incredibly exciting time for web developers. New tools have come out that make web development easier, more productive, and more fun. A slew of new APIs are available that let you glue together data and services in interesting ways. As developers, we are more empowered with new and interesting technologies than ever before.

This book focuses on one API that has had a particularly profound impact: the Google Maps API. Since you have this book in hand, you're probably already convinced of Google Maps' importance. In case you need a reminder, however, visit Google Maps Mania ( for a view into the sprawling culture of ...

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