To the Google Maps Developer Relations team, the most exciting feature of Google+ is the opportunities it gives us to connect with Google Maps API developers from around the world. That’s why today we’re very excited to announce the launch of the Google Maps API Google+ page.
The Google Maps API Page will be used to give helpful tips about using our APIs, announce our office-hours hangouts, and point you to new cool maps that we find. We’ll also use the page to tell you about upcoming events, highlight announcements, link to helpful articles, and a lot more. It’ll also give us a stronger means to connect with our valued developer community. For instance, today we announced the next Google Maps API Office Hours, in which you can connect to the Maps Developer Relations team through Google Plus Hangouts.
Over the past couple of months, the Maps DevRel team has been connecting with Google Maps API developers through our personal accounts. We’ve now created a new circle that you can follow that has all of us in it.
For years, this blog has been the primary way for developers to keep up to date about the goings-on in the Google Maps API world and that isn’t going to change. We see the new Google+ page as adding a new way for you to connect with the Google Maps API team.
The Bing Maps Platform from Microsoft enables organizations to easily and cost-effectively deliver geospatial content to the customers and businesses they serve. Not only does this optimize existing investments in GIS and imagery services, it allows organizations to save money using Bing Maps by making strong connections with customers and exposing relevant content easily on a map from Bing.
Register today to attend a webcast and learn more. Topics include:
What’s New in the Bing Maps Platform? | February 16, 2012, 2pm Eastern time, 60-minutes
Attend this session for an overview of the latest capabilities in the Bing Maps Platform. You’ll learn the latest on the Bing Maps Imagery program, how to view the meta data and other features in the platform including the best portal to see the latest new imagery sets.
Using the BingMapsPortal.com and keys with Bing Maps Platform | March 15, 2012, 2pm Eastern time, 60-minutes
Attend this session and learn how to use the bingmapsportal.com, tips for using/hiding your Bing Maps key and other helpful development hints.
Bing Maps Spatial Data Services | April 19, 2012, 2pm Eastern time, 60-minutes
Attend this session and learn how to take advantage of the Bing Maps Spatial Data Services included with the Bing Maps Platform for data hosting and findnearby/bound box queries.
Named one of the Top 50 Websites of 2011 by TIME, HealthGrades was already the leading online tool to help people rate and find doctors. But HealthGrades was determined to give customers an even better experience. Once users found “Dr. Right,” HealthGrades wanted to give folks an easy way to locate offices and quickly get directions. With Bing Maps, HealthGrades found they could seamlessly integrate maps into their physician search tool. Using the handy Bing Maps developer tools, HealthGrades built the maps integration themselves, with some architecture and design support from development partner, OnTerra. Way to go, HealthGrades!
Whatever business you’re in, chances are there’s a Bing Maps solution waiting just for you. Build it yourself with our free web or phone SDKs. Or get a little help from one of our Bing Maps partners.