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Google Maps v3

December 10, 2012

Bit rot: noun. The gradual decay of a software program over time.

One of the wonderful things about the internet today is the availability of APIs and 3rd party services that you can bring together to create a unique service — like Zenbu. One of the problems of this system is the rapid pace of development and change which means that APIs and software are updated and/or deprecated on a regular basis. If you don’t keep up, your site will fall apart. You could think of it like the maintenance required on a house or car, except the time frames are far, far shorter.

We’ve been using the Google Maps service since day 1 at Zenbu. Google has a massive team working on this product and it is continually developing. The ‘version 2’ service that we have always used has been officially deprecated for 18 months and will be turned off in May 2013. We looked at migrating early on but it wasn’t as complete as the old version initially and then it just sat in the To Do list, until now.

We’ve finally upgraded to Google Maps v3 API which will bring some nice enhancements to the site.

The performance of v3 makes the maps load much snappier.

 

The Street View integrations is much tighter. “Peg Man” is shown on the map and you can drag him onto the map to activate Street View at your desired location. The entry location markers actually show up right inside Street View. Nifty!

It should be an intuitive upgrade, the user interface is almost identical. I hope you all enjoy using it as much as I do.

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