So how do we choose which API to use and which platform to go with? Well, if you're going to go with Google or Bing Maps, then you're probably thinking of either a business opportunity or you want to do some sort of point of interest location mapping. If you're interested in doing much more robust GIS on the web, then you're probably going to choose the ArcGIS API options. About being able to interface with APIs is that you have many to choose from.
Here at ProgrammableWeb.com, you can see our repository of APIs that grow daily, that allow you to pick and choose what kind of API you want to build. For example, if you want to build using a mashup option, using something completely open like OpenStreetMap as your base map, then you might use MapBox API, for example. Here searching for MapBox, you can see MapBox is a suite of open source mapping tools and they utilize the OpenStreetMap as a base map for all the applications.
So instead of using Google maps or Bing maps or Esri maps, the base map is OpenStreetMap. So there are many options available to you as you move into this API world of development and build your custom applications. If you already know a programing language that's linked to some of these APIs, then that certainly is an easy direction to go. Definitely take advantage of what you already know in order to make strides toward map application development.
- Understanding map mashups
- Finding coordinates
- Mapping with Google Drive
- Geocoding with addresses and coordinates
- Merging data
- Analyzing your map
- Adding GIS layers from services or a file
- Working with the Google Maps, Bing Maps, and Esri APIs
- Sharing and publishing your work
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Mapping on the Internet
2. Google Maps Mashups Made Easy
3. Esri Maps Mashups Made Easy
4. Advanced Concepts: Application Programming Interfaces
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