Saturday, November 3, 2007

[Gd] Introducing... the GoogleBar!

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Official Google Maps API Blog: Introducing... the GoogleBar!

Over the past few months, the AJAX Search API team has launched and improved their LocalSearch control for the Maps API. The LocalSearch control makes it easy for developers to add local business search functionality to their mashups.

Here on the Maps API team, we liked the LocalSearch control so much that we wanted to make it really easy for developers to add it to their maps. Today, we've released a new feature for the Maps API, which we've called the GoogleBar.

Developers who enable the GoogleBar will see the "Powered By Google" Logo on their map replaced with a shiny new control, which pops up a search box for the user so they can search the map for local listings. Take a look at the example below. You're looking at my old haunt in the old town of Edinburgh, Scotland. Try searching for a pub!

To enable the GoogleBar, simply call the enableGooglebar() method on the map object within your mashup:

 var map = new GMap2(document.getElementById("map")); ... map.enableGoogleBar(); 

As always, please post questions or comments in the Maps API forum.


URL: http://googlemapsapi.blogspot.com/2007/11/introducing-googlebar.html

Friday, November 2, 2007

[Gd] Paypal

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Paypal

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PayPal
Author: PayPal
APIs used:
Make transactions with your friends via PayPal.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/paypal.html

[Gd] Shelfari

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Shelfari

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Shelfari
Author: Shelfari
APIs used:
Share books with your friends.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/shelfari.html

[Gd] My NYT

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Featured Projects on Google Code: My NYT

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My NYT
Author: NY Times
APIs used:
Get the latest news and share articles with your friends.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/my-nyt.html

[Gd] Go4It

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Go4It

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Go4It
Author: Chronus Co.
APIs used:
Part of an applications suite, Go4It shares your dreams with your friends.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/go4it.html

[Gd] Outside.In

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Outside.In

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Outside.In
Author: Outside.In
APIs used:
Share places of interest and find places in common with your friends.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/outsidein.html

[Gd] LivePower

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Featured Projects on Google Code: LivePower

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LivePower
APIs used:
Rate National Football League teams and view overall rankings.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/livepower.html

[Gd] Friends Date and Time

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Friends Date and Time

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Friends Date and Time
Author: LjmSite
APIs used:
View the current time for your friends.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/friends-date-and-time.html

[Gd] Where I've Visited

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Where I've Visited

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Where I've Visited
APIs used:
Share where you've been, where you're going, and your favorite cities on a map.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/where-ive-visited.html

[Gd] FunWall

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Featured Projects on Google Code: FunWall

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FunWall
Author: Slide
APIs used:
Leave videos, edited images, and interactive notes on your friends' walls.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/funwall.html

[Gd] Didja Hear?

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Didja Hear?

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Didja Hear?
Author: NewsGator
APIs used:
Allow friends to share news, entertainment, etc. with one another.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/didja-hear.html

[Gd] Rate My Friends

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Rate My Friends

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Rate My Friends
Author: Votigo
APIs used:
Vote on who has the best smile or who's the most huggable amongst your friends.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/rate-my-friends.html

[Gd] Moodget

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Moodget

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Moodget
APIs used:
Share your feelings with your friends using this fun, social gadget.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/moodget.html

[Gd] ChakPak

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Featured Projects on Google Code: ChakPak

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ChakPak
Author: ChakPak
APIs used:
Share and review your favorite movies.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/chakpak.html

[Gd] BuckDrop

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Featured Projects on Google Code: BuckDrop

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BuckDrop
Author: E-junkie
APIs used:
E-junkie allows you to send and receive funds via Google Checkout and PayPal.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/buckdrop.html

[Gd] Mapster

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Mapster

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Mapster
APIs used:
Mapster is an interactive map that allows you to share with your friends where you want to go, where you have lived, and where you have been.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/mapster.html

[Gd] Google Developer Podcast Episode Eleven: OpenSocial with Patrick Chanezon

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Google Code Blog: Google Developer Podcast Episode Eleven: OpenSocial with Patrick Chanezon



The announcement of the OpenSocial project is really exciting, so I was really glad to drag Patrick away from his work to take some time to chat with me about it.



Patrick is easy to talk too, and I think that comes across in the interview itself. There has been a lot of pre-release speculation on what OpenSocial really is, and the press has put out wildly different ideas over the last couple of weeks. Patrick lays out the facts of the announcement.

He covers a lot, including:
  • What has actually been released
  • What OpenSocial isn't
  • Details on the various APIs:
  • What it means to be an OpenSocial "container"
  • Fun social apps that Patrick has seen developed by the trusted testers
Sit back and listen to Patrick's dulcet French tones as he takes you through all things OpenSocial.

You can download the episode directly, or subscribe to the show (click here for iTunes one-click subscribe).

Also, check out video from the Campfire One event and interviews with a subset of the partners involved in the OpenSocial launch. Having a large number of application developers and container vendors show what they have already done gives you a glimpse to the future.

Now I want to record the next podcast by the fire.

URL: http://google-code-updates.blogspot.com/2007/11/google-developer-podcast-episode-eleven.html

Enclosure: http://google-developer-podcast.googlecode.com/files/googledev011.mp3

[Gd] Honda Certified Used Cars

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Honda Certified Used Cars

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Find Honda certified used cars in your area.
Google APIs used:
Google Base

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/honda-certified-used-cars.html

Thursday, November 1, 2007

[Gd] Jimi Hendrix Gadget

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Jimi Hendrix Gadget

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Jimi Hendrix Gadget
APIs used:
Vote for your favorite Hendrix song.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/jimi-hendrix-gadget.html

[Gd] FotoFlexer Live

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Featured Projects on Google Code: FotoFlexer Live

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FotoFlexer Live
Author: FotoFlexer
APIs used:
Allows you to import images from popular online photo albums and edit pictures.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/fotoflexer-live.html

[Gd] Visual Bookshelf

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Visual Bookshelf

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Visual Bookshelf
APIs used:
Build a virtual bookshelf on your profile. Review books, see what your friends are reading and who else is reading a given book.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/visual-bookshelf.html

[Gd] Rise of Atlantis

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Rise of Atlantis

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Rise of Atlantis
Author: Oberon Media
APIs used:
Beat your friends in this addicting puzzle game.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/rise-of-atlantis.html

[Gd] My Music

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Featured Projects on Google Code: My Music

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My Music
Author: Qloud
APIs used:
Play your iTunes music and create playlists.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/my-music.html

[Gd] Fan Site

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Fan Site

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Fan Site
Author: Protrade
APIs used:
Root for your favorite team with your friends and get the latest sports news.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/fan-site.html

[Gd] Songs iLike

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Songs iLike

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Songs iLike
Author: iLike
APIs used:
Create playlists and listen to your friends' songs on iLike.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/songs-ilike.html

[Gd] Flixster

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Flixster

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Flixster
APIs used:
Flixster allows you to rate and share movies with your friends.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/flixster.html

[Gd] Can I please have s'mores

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Google Code Blog: Can I please have s'mores



When Vic asked me to organize a campfire on campus, at first I thought he was joking. But when he kept asking how big the fire was going to be, I quickly realized he wasn't. Thus Campfire One was lit.

Campfire One is a means to share product announcements with lots of people in a way which keeps pace with Google's release cycle. We invite a few people to campus and record our news for the web. There's no Campfire Two, just another Campfire One in the future. The 'One' signals that we've flipped the bit on something we think is worth sharing.

Tonight at Campfire One we were very excited to introduce OpenSocial, a common set of APIs for building social applications across the web. With OpenSocial, developers have less to learn in order to build for multiple websites. There are a number of companies already working on the OpenSocial APIs, including those who presented with us tonight: MySpace, Ning, hi5, iLike, FotoFlexer, RockYou, Slide, Viadeo, Flixster, LinkedIn, Ning, Salesforce, Theikos, and Virtual Tourist. Watch Campfire One from earlier this evening:





By the way, did you know that oak on a campfire is supposed to smoke less than fir? I don't think some of our presenters believe it. You might say we had a bit of a real 'smoke test' before rolling the cameras.

URL: http://google-code-updates.blogspot.com/2007/11/can-i-please-have-smores.html

[Gd] Emote

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Emote

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Author: RockYou
APIs used:
Show the world how you're feeling through Emote.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/11/emote.html

[Gd] My How We've Grown

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Google Code Blog: My How We've Grown



In 2005 we launched Google Code to provide a home for our developer and open source programs. Two years, dozens of new products and new programs, and one major redesign later, Google Code is bigger and more dynamic than ever. With today's relaunch we've added a new search auto-complete feature (to help you find your favorite products with a keystroke or two in the search box), an expanded and improved search results page, a cleaner and more comprehensive site directory, new blog and group gadgets, and a simplified and unified look and feel for product documentation.

To get a sense of how far things have come you can take a look at the first version of Google Code, back when the whole site almost fit on one page. Today we have thousands and thousands of pages of content on Google Code, and we've added the new site directory and new search features to help you navigate them.

One of the most exciting things about the redesign is that everything you see here was built using technology and APIs that are available to everyone. The pages we're serving don't rely on any secret back-end tricks; the site is built on plain HTML, JavaScript and CSS, each using our public APIs. In fact, all of the techniques used on Google Code can be duplicated on your own site.

For example, the search results pages use a combination of the AJAX Search API and Custom Search Engines. The homepage gadgets use the AJAX Feed API and Google Reader feeds. The videos are powered by the YouTube API, the blogs by the Blogger API, the events powered by the Google Calendar API, the metrics by Google Analytics, the forums by Google Groups, etc., etc.. And we're pleased to use jQuery, the wonderful open source JavaScript library (not ours, we're just fans), to help power each page. Stay tuned -- over the upcoming weeks we'll offer detailed articles and tutorials about how we built the various parts of Google Code using open technologies.

But the best thing about Google Code hasn't changed: And that's you, the developer, our never-ending source of inspiration. Your projects provide countless examples for the Featured Projects feeds, your words and wisdom power the developer groups, and your accomplishments and ideas never cease to amaze us with the possibilities and potential for a better web. This redesign was for you, and I want to personally thank all of you for being such an integral part of Google Code. Together we're capable of doing something very special.

Please join us on the Google Code Blog, (where we'll be enabling comments for this and future posts), and let us know where you're headed and how we can help you get there.

URL: http://google-code-updates.blogspot.com/2007/11/my-how-weve-grown.html

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

[Gd] Eye-Fi

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Eye-Fi

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Google APIs used:
Wirelessly upload images from an in-camera SD card to Picasa Web Albums.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/10/eye-fi.html

[Gd] Map of the Dead: A Screen Overlay'ed Shoot 'Em Up!

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Official Google Maps API Blog: Map of the Dead: A Screen Overlay'ed Shoot 'Em Up!

It's that time of year again: the leaves turn orange and fall off the trees, and I can no longer turn on the TV without fear of stumbling upon a trailer for some ridiculously gory horror movie sequel. The TV used to be a safe, happy place filled with frolicking Care Bears. Someone out there clearly decided that my couch-filled evenings weren't filled with enough near heart attacks, and that all sorts of demons should thus invade my commercial breaks.

Well, two can play this game. Remember the nice, safe, happy Google Map? Not anymore! Welcome to Map of the Dead: a game where zombies spawn on the map and just keep walking in that creepy zombie way until you give them a clear shot in the brain. Aim through the reticule, press spacebar to shoot and arrows to move around. Click the screenshot below to try it out.

Of course, this game takes advantage of some neat Maps API features: the just released GScreenOverlay* that can be used like KML's ScreenOverlay to place images on the map (used here for the reticule and logo), and the GKeyboardHandler class to let users use the default Google Maps keyboard shortcuts to navigate the map (used here for the panning movement).

*Documentation for GScreenOverlay is forthcoming. Check back in a few days, or check my code to see how I used it!


URL: http://googlemapsapi.blogspot.com/2007/10/map-of-dead-screen-overlayed-shoot-em_31.html

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

[Gd] BookSmart

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Featured Projects on Google Code: BookSmart

BookSmart
Author: Blurb
Google APIs used:

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/10/booksmart.html

[Gd] ShoZu

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Featured Projects on Google Code: ShoZu

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Google APIs used:
Have a camera phone? Use ShoZu to upload your pictures to Picasa in just one click!

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/10/shozu.html

[Gd] Picnik

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Picnik

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Google APIs used:
Fast and easy online photo editing in your browser.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/10/picnik.html

[Gd] Base Estate

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Base Estate

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Google APIs used:
A Real Estate and Property search engine portal.

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/10/base-estate.html

[Gd] Junkdepot

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Junkdepot

Junk Depot
Buy and sell stuff for your home.
Google APIs used:

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/10/junkdepot.html

[Gd] Fatdoor

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Fatdoor

Fatdoor
Find new friends in your neighborhood, as well as information about local events and businesses.
Google APIs used:

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/10/fatdoor.html

[Gd] Gumiyo

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Featured Projects on Google Code: Gumiyo

Gumiyo
Google APIs used:
Google Base Use your mobile phone to search for and add items to Google Base!

URL: http://google-code-featured.blogspot.com/2007/10/gumiyo.html

Monday, October 29, 2007

[Gd] KML Articles Abound: It's About Time

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Official Google Maps API Blog: KML Articles Abound: It's About Time


We've added two great new KML articles to code.google.com.


First, we've added a new article on "Time and Animation" to our "Topics in KML" series. The ability to associate geospatial elements with temporal data was added about a year ago to Google Earth 4.0, but this is the first extensive article we've published about time in KML. It includes information on using TimeStamp, TimeSpan, and animation of 3D models in Google Earth.

Click here to read!

Second, we've published a guest article by Valery Hronusov, from Perm State University in Russia, "Using KML in Google Mashup Editor." He shows how you can easily include a KML file in a Google Mashup Editor project to create a Google Maps mashup. Valery is a long-time KML developer who has produced a lot of innovative work. Most recently, he helped found Pict'Earth, which combines advanced image acquisition products and services. Check out some of their amazing imagery.

Click here to read!

URL: http://googlemapsapi.blogspot.com/2007/10/kml-articles-abound-its-about-time.html