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Google Brings GeoJSON to the JavaScript Maps API

Posted on 3.19.2014

Do you know what the most popular applications on the Web tend to be? That's right. Maps. And the richer and more interactive developers can make their map-based applications, the more useful they become to users.

Google announced this week that its JavaScripts Maps API now supports GeoJSON, a popular format for sharing location-based information on the Web.

Developers will now be able to pull raw data from multiple data sources and display it on their website. Essentially, if you have a GeoJSON file, you can load it on your map just by adding a single line of code to the Javascript.

Say for example that a retailer showcases its different stores on a map at its website but it needs to feature all the different locations as well as their opening times. What this change offers is a Data layer that allows developers to represent all attributes in GeoJSON right on the map and make decisions about what data to display.

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