Jeff Thurston looked closely at the Google Maps API terms and didn’t like what he saw. I’d guess most people haven’t thought too much about what it means to use Google Maps for their products, mostly because you still charge users for anything you create with it. Hopefully Jeff hasn’t scratched a hole in his head yet thinking about the implications of “free” services from a publicly traded company.
Here’s a quick and dirty comparison of ESRI’s ArcWeb Public Services and the Google Maps API. Both are free to use and offer developers a way to display geographic data via the Web.
Walt has a nice quick look at the features of both ArcWeb Services and the Google Maps API. In response to Walt’s comment:
Anyone with space on a cheap shared host can use Google’s API, but without SOAP services it’s difficult to use ESRI’s product.
He should have a look at Andrea Rosso’s blog where he shows you how to use PHP and Perl with ArcWeb Services and Sean Gillies’s post on using Python with ArcWeb Services. Of course it is still SOAP, but almost any website hosting service gives you access to Perl, PHP or Python.
Link – How to Use Google Maps EZ – via MAKE:Blog
If you’ve been looking at all these great Google Maps mashups and you’ve wondered what it takes to create one, look no further than this simple illustrated guide to creating maps with the Google Maps API. The examples are really basic, but they should help you gain a better idea of creating a custom Google Map of your own.
Don’t forget though that there were a couple great posts over the weekend on how to create simple ArcWeb Services maps, so make sure you check them out also.