Web 2.0 / Web Developer Tools

What’s a Google Mashup?

Google creates tools to help web site developers build more interactive web sites. They started a few years ago when they created search function that a developer could add to a web site. (You can see a sample here: http://www.minnesotaruralpartners.org.)  

Their latest tool is a mapping function that lets you tap into their tools to create an interactive map on your web site. I looked into working with the Google Maps a few weeks ago. They provide explicit instructions on their web site (http://www.google.com/apis/maps/signup.html).  I must admit that it just seemed like a lot of work.

Recently I heard about a tool that helps web developers create a Google Maps Mashup (http://www.mapbuilder.net). (Thanks to David & Rick in Minneapolis.) With Map Builder you sign up, add your addresses and descriptions, and they build the map. You can host the map on the Map Builder site or publish on your own. To publish it on your site you need to get an API code from Google (Map Builder will explain). (Actually they offer a few options.)

Here is a sample map (http://www.mapbuilder.net/users/atreacy/21033). It tracks resources that help rural businesses. I’m working to finesse the map but I was happy with how easy the site was to create.

I’ll let you know how the site progresses and what I learn about the tool.

2 thoughts on “What’s a Google Mashup?

  1. Hi!
    I’m developing webservice application for mobile device using windows mobile 6, webserver produces pages that contains gmaps.
    The first problem that I discovered that Internet Explorer Mobile have trouble with AJAX, after searching net
    I got even more confused since
    according to MS IEM shouldn’t have
    any problem besides small ones..
    But if you surf even to simple gmap application
    I just get empty page the body script won’t load.
    I’m hopping you have some suggestion for work around.

    Thank you in advance!

  2. I’m sorry I’m really not much help to you. I do absolutely no work with mobile devices. I found the following article (http://blogs.msdn.com/iemobile/archive/2005/11/15/493200.aspx). It claims that PocketPC and Smartphone devices 2003 and later, support AJAX. And it provides some help.

    I do find that if someone feels the need to write an article saying that something works – that often indicates that there are or at least were some problems at some point.

    Good luck!! Ann

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