Introduction to Programming the Google Maps API (v3)

by | May 19, 2011

GeoSpatial Training Services is pleased to announce the release of our newest instructor guided, Internet based course, Introduction to Programming the Google Maps API.  This is for version 3 of the API.

This course will be taught by Eric Pimpler, Qualified Google Maps Developer.

This is our entry level programming course for the Google Maps API (version 3), and is designed to enable you to build Google Maps applications for the web.  We will cover a lot of ground in this course.  By the end of our time together you will understand all the basic concepts you need to create dynamic web mapping applications with the Google Maps API.  We’ll start with some basic information about programming the Maps API and then we’ll dive into the longest section of our course: Basic Concepts of the Google Maps API.  In this module you’ll learn how to add and remove map controls for panning, zooming, setting map types, overview map, and the scale bar.  You’ll then learn how to add your own data to the map display using markers, polylines, and polygons.  One of the more creative functions provided with the Google Maps API is the ability to drape images across the map.  For instance, you might want to display wildlife habitats on top of Google Maps.  This is done through the use of Ground Overlays.  Ground Overlays allow you to drape historical map images and specific purpose maps on top of a Google  base map.  Building on this concept you will then learn how to add KML, GeoRSS, and FusionTables layers on top of the map.  In module 3 you will learn how to handle events.  Events are actions that take place in your application such as map clicks or drags.  Normally they are initiated by the end user but they can also be internally generated events such as the re-setting of the map center.  In module 4 you will learn how to convert addresses into geographic coordinates that can be displayed as Marker locations on the map.  You’ll also learn how to take a point of interest and find the nearest address to the point.  This is known as reverse geocoding.  Finally, we’ll wrap up the course with a module on the Google Elevation Service.  In this module you’ll learn how to obtain elevation data for a point or an elevation profiles for points along a line.

Module 1: Introduction to Programming the Google Maps API
Module 2: Basic Concepts of the Google Maps API
– Adding Controls to the Map (Zoom, Pan, Map Types, Overview Map, Scale Bar, Street View)
–  Creating Overlays (Markers, Polylines, Polygons)
–  Display Images with Ground Overlays
–  Creating Layers (KML, GeoRSS, FusionTables)
Module 3: Handling Events
Module 4: Geocoding with the Google Maps API
– Geocoding
– Reverse Geocoding
Module 5: The Google Elevation Service

Course Exercises
Create Your First Google Map
Working with Map Options
Adding and Removing Map Controls
Adding Markers to the Map
Creating and Displaying Info Windows
Adding Ground Overlays to the Map
Display KML Files on the Map
Adding Fusion Tables to the Map
Responding to Map and Marker Events
Geocoding Addresses
Using Reverse Geocoding to Find an Address for a Location
Obtaining Elevation for Points and Paths


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Eric Pimpler
Eric is the founder and owner of GeoSpatial Training Services ( and has over 25 years of experience implementing and teaching GIS solutions using ESRI, Google Earth/Maps, Open Source technology. Currently Eric focuses on ArcGIS scripting with Python, and the development of custom ArcGIS Server web and mobile applications using JavaScript. Eric is the author of Programming ArcGIS with Python Cookbook - 1st and 2nd Edition, Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript, Spatial Analytics with ArcGIS, and ArcGIS Blueprints. Eric has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Texas A&M University and a Master's of Applied Geography degree with a concentration in GIS from Texas State University.

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