Let’s get lost!
Thanks to the Google Maps. Satellite based imagery and point to point detailing of terrains as well as route planning, that is what Google Maps is all about.
Imagine you go on a hiking trip, you are not sure of the terrain and you wish to explore. Google Maps shows you the terrain and plans the route. It is a free Web mapping service application from Google that powers numerous map-based services.
Initial Google Maps API lacked a geocoder. One had to manually add points, latitude and longitude but now it has been rectified.
One of the main adopters of this API was the real estate mashup sites. Today even the weather stations use it for local weather predictions.
The Google Maps API has been now integrated with the Google AJAX API Loader which creates a common namespace for loading and using multiple AJAX API’s. This allows one to use the optional google.maps.* namespace for all classes, methods and properties that are being used today into Google Maps API. This replaces the existing G namespace. This framework allows to load one API key for all supported Google AJAX API’s and also gives a common namespace for each API. This allows different Google API’s to work together.
Google Maps API adds support to Mapplets, i.e. Map + Gadgets, which allows the developer to embed externally hosted applications within Google Maps. The Mapplets run within their own iFrames that help developers to create mixed code from multiple sites.
The Google Map API uses the browsers preferred language setting when it displays textual information.