Author: Gabriel Svennerberg
Publisher: Apress, 2010
Aimed at: Complete beginners to Google Maps
Pros: Slow-paced, gentle introduction
Cons: Only covers the basics
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot
Chapter 1 gives the overview - history, API and basics of mapping, co-ordinates etc. This isn't rocket science in that it explains what latitude and longitude are rather than going into spherical geometry or the geode.
Chapter 2 is about upgrading to API 3 and Chapter 3 is about creating your first map. From this point the book delves deeper into the various facilities. MapOptions, Markers,.Marker icons, InfoWindow tips and tricks, polylines and polygons.
Chapter 9 is about managing large numbers of icons but via a third party utility library rather then from first principles and the final chapter is on using Geolocation services. The book closes with a useful API reference - but you will probably find the Google API reference just as useful.
Getting started with Google Maps