One of the most frequent questions we get via email is “Your book is two years old. Is it any good now?” While only you can answer that question, we certainly think so. When we set out to write the book we put a lot of effort into the fundamentals of mapping. We covered the underlying concepts behind geocoding, the math involved in projections and distance calculations on a sphere, working with massive data sets and even interface design considerations.
But what about the API? Hasn’t it changed… a lot? Yes it has, but very little of what we wrote about changed since we took great care to only write about what was already stable in version 2. Google has added lots of neat new features that make some of our techniques look like the “long way” but they still work. We also think that knowing the foundations will help you do some of the more complicated things that the API doesn’t support with a single function call yet.
Basically, Google has added many new features (some of which we predicted in the book), but they haven’t changed the core of the API very much (if at all). The only downside to this is that our book isn’t much of a beginner book any more. Two years ago the techniques we listed were the only way, now they are really more like advanced topics and techniques.
It was released mere weeks ago and is awaiting your reviews at Amazon. Congratulations to Sterling Udell on an excellent book and we hope that Amazon continues to pair our books as a bundle for years to come :).
There is also Jeff’s second book on AdvancED DOM Scripting: Dynamic Web Design Techniques if you’re interested in that. An excellent book that I did the technical review for. It’s published by Friends of Ed, a sister company to APress.
Happy Holidays everyone.