Join Jason VanHorn for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of API concepts, part of GIS on the Web.
…Now let's talk about APIs for web mapping.…API stands for application programming interface.…And the use of an API allows people like you and…me to build applications using programming techniques.…I'm assuming you have very little experience with API and…development, so I'm going to cover the basics.…Companies release APIs in different programming languages to help you…make connections.…And if you know the language of the API, then you can connect lots of…things together or build mashups of things with your own custom design.…In the world of mapping with Google, Microsoft and Esri, each has…developed APIs that you can access, almost like a library, to build an application.…
The specific API that you use will have…a certain programming language that allows you to access map data,…map symbologies, and even construct graphical user interfaces that you want.…I do advise my students that if they want to do development in APIs,…they should begin learning the language or languages linked to the API.…For example, Esri offers a whole host of API development language options to built…
- 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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