A Common Mapping API

John Musser, July 5th, 2006

MapstractionIt was bound to happen — an abstraction library to hide the differences between mapping APIs: Mapstraction. It’s a collaborative effort initially funded by the UK property finder Nestoria. As they describe:

Mapstraction is a library which provides a common API for Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft’s javascript mapping APIs to enable switching from one to another as smoothly as possible. The aim of Mapstraction in mainly to protect companies building commercial products on top of Google Maps from changes to terms and conditions, the introduction of ads, or the emergence of a competing library with better maps, different imagery or preferable licensing terms.

Mapstraction additionally fills some holes each provider’s current offerings (taking advantage of existing open source solutions where possible) to normalise the feature set across platforms. In the future, Mapstraction will also talk to OpenStreetMap for people who want to build maps without restrictions on derived works.

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3 Responses to “A Common Mapping API”

July 5th, 2006
at 8:59 am
Comment by: Andrew Bidochko

MapObject is another library to accomplish the same goals. Check it out at http://mapobject.net/

July 5th, 2006
at 9:56 am
Comment by: John Musser

Andrew, nice work on the library! Thanks for pointing that out. -John

July 5th, 2006
at 9:59 pm
Comment by: 國生三年?開始


創造一個新語言來統?兩種舊的語言,這樣… 到底是?是好事 ?

剛看到一篇文章,介紹了一套 javascript library ?? “Mapstraction“,它的功用是整?了 Google Maps API?Yahoo! Mpas API?還有…

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