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This workshop will focus on getting attendees from zero to mapping through hands on examples. I’ll start with a basic map, then show how to add more features to the map: controls, markers, lines.
Where possible, I’ll use the Mapstraction open source library, a wrapper for a dozen mapping APIs. I’ll show how, in a line of code, you can switch between providers. You can also swap providers live on the page.
Mapstraction has been around almost as long as the first mapping APIs. This workshop will cover Mapstraction version 2, a completely reworked framework that decreases download size. Previously the code for all providers was downloaded, even if you were only using one. The latest version separates core features of Mapstraction, then loads only the necessary provider code.
Adam DuVander is the author of Map Scripting, a cookbook for adding geo features to your website. He has been a contributor to Webmonkey, Wired’s Web developer resource, since 2000. His location-related work for BestPlaces.net has been seen on MSN, Yahoo and the Wall Street Journal.
DuVander founded Portland Web Innovators and sits on the board of non-profit Legion of Tech. He firmly believes that Simplicity Rules.