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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (10 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449304729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449304720
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,532,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bringing Location to Web Applications

About the Author

Anthony T. Holdener III currently builds GIS web applications utilizing Esri ArcGIS JavaScript API, Google Maps JavaScript API, and/or Bing Maps API. He has worked with the web in one form or another since 1997 when he helped open an Internet cafe in Fairview Heights, Illinois. A graduate of St. Louis University with a degree in Computer Science, Anthony has worked as a web architect, developer, manager, or adjunct teacher for almost fifteen years in the St. Louis area. He is also the author of “Ajax: The Definitive Guide” (O’Reilly). He resides in the village of Shiloh, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife and twins.

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By R. L. Hore on 20 Nov. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Most of this is just copying the W3C API and showing their examples as far as I can see.

Not much new stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
interesting history 25 Jun. 2011
By Greg W. Scragg - Published on
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This book provides an interesting history of the field of navigation and locations. But I was very disappointed in this book as a technical guide to geolocation. Roughly the first half of the book was devoted to history of navigational and positioning questions extending back a couple thousand years. And there were many facts and tidbits both new to me and interesting. But in term of information useful to a softare engineer wanting to incorporate geo-positioning into a system. The book was almost empty -- containing little that cannot be found in the introductions either to Google's geolocation api, or to the w3c api specs. I was quite disappointed., finishing my evening's reading (yes the whole book is readable in an evening) knowing very little that I didn't know already. Disappointing because I usually consider the O'Reilly series to be among the most informative and useful reference books.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good background on Geolocation, what's needed and why 22 July 2011
By Leo of BORG - Published on
Format: Paperback
Upshot: Here is your intermediate guide to HTML5 Geolocation-centric APIs. Pros: Another straightforward O'Reilly intro to HTML5-like cutting edge hotness. Cons: None really. Code might change over time, so get the eBook for free updates.

If you need a quick introduction to Geolocation APIs available from Google, as well as ArcGIS, this is it. However this book is not for beginners. You should be very comfortable coding HTML or Javascript as the as there is lengthy code (not just snippets) to get this magic to happen. It is nice that the code that does the magic has been thoughtfully called out and explained by the author.

The author also does a nice job of outlining just *what* Geolocation is (it's not just a flat 2d map), what resources are available, as well as what resources can/need to be saved, and what you can do with that information. The breakdowns of the geo-specific code are very straightforward, and there is a LOT of code, so I recommend getting the eBook version.

Finally there's a section on marketing & privacy and whether that still matters to the younger generation --and how/why all this social network-spacial relationship stuff works in context.

This book is NOT for absolute beginners. But if you're already comfortable with HTML/Javascript, and SOME programming concepts, this book is a nice complement to HTML5 Up & Running by Mark Pilgrim.

Disclosure: I received the eBook download from O'Reilly for review purposes.
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