Google Maps API examples

For the last several weeks I've been experimenting with building interactive maps using the Google Maps API and decided to document some of the results and challenges I've had. There are already several excellent repositories of Google Maps tutorials and examples, the most notable and comprehensive being Mike Williams's maps tutorial and Esa Ilmari's list of examples, so I'll try to focus on those things that I haven't seen covered elsewhere.

These are the topics I plan to cover:

  • Dynamic loading of the API
  • Using multiple versions of the API
  • Canvas processing
  • How to turn a web page into a mobile app
  • Map animation using processing.js
  • Internet Explorer support for canvas drawing
  • Map tiling algorithm
  • Using canvas.toDataURL for data caching
  • DownloadURL implementation with partial processing
  • Drawing a heat map

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