News: Lokesh Pant: Google and Yahoo maps APIs released
- Posted by: Joseph Ottinger
- Posted on: August 30 2005 11:33 EDT
- Lokesh Pant: Google and Yahoo maps APIs released by Mark N on August 30 2005 13:09 EDT
- No geocode services with Google by Ryan Holmes on August 30 2005 13:18 EDT
- Telcontar's OpenLS Web Service by geoff hendrey on August 30 2005 13:40 EDT
- Yahoo maps vs Gmaps by Daniel Haran on August 31 2005 07:29 EDT
- Lokesh Pant: Google and Yahoo maps APIs released by Matt Giacomini on August 31 2005 10:58 EDT
Depends. If my client is not browser based ... .
Am I missing something? I thought both of these API's have been released for quite some time. I wrote about my experience using Google Maps and a free geocoding service on my blog:
According to the article and a quick scan of the Google and Yahoo Maps API documentation, you have to supply longitude and latitude to the Google services whereas Yahoo accepts street addresses.
Google points to free geocode services to solve this, but I think it's one thing to assume that a Google or Yahoo web service will be available to your application and another to assume that some free geocoder site or service will be available and hope that they will maintain a stable URL format or API (granted, some of these may be actual web services and have a published API - I didn't look very hard). Even if you maintain a list of geocoder sites and so on, it's simply easier and more robust to have just one external dependency.
So, it looks like a big +1 to Yahoo so far - at least for my most common use cases (and considering that I've only spent about 5 minutes looking at the documentation for either service).
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How on earth is this news? I stumbled on google maps April 5th of this year... this is August, and this guy says they released the API yesterday!?
As for the comparison of Yahoo vs Google maps: Google wins.
I really wish Google had free geocoding- especially in places like Canada where there's an oligopoly of US cartography companies and no free geocoding data. At least Americans have free TIGER files- we're SOL, as are most other countries.
That said, I can't manipulate the Yahoo map once I've sent a client their way, and the client has to deal with a rather inferior UI.
Too bad neither cover europe ;(