O'Reilly Publishes 'Google Maps Hacks'

OiReilly has published Google Maps Hacks, a US$29.99, 366-page tome that offers a variety of tips and tricks for users who want to create personalized links to maps, place personalized markers on them, add photos and Flash applets to them, discover Web sites where others have combined Google maps with additional data and more.

"We begin Google Maps Hacks with a complete introduction to the istandardi features of Google Maps," co-author Rich Gibson said in a statement. "Then we continue our adventure with sixty useful and interesting mapping projects that demonstrate ways developers have added their own features to the maps.

"After that gets your brain percolating," he added, "you learn to apply the techniques and tools to add your own data to customize and manipulate Google Maps. Itis a fun ride."

Google Maps tech leads Jens and Lars Rasmussen provided the foreword to the book.