All posts by jhnidk

Wikipedia and Panoramio on Google Maps

Add wikipedia and Panoramio data to Google Map API with GLayerOne of the great features of Google Maps API, is the possibility to easily display Point Of Interest (POI’s) on top of the maps.

Included in Google Map API V2 is the GLayer function that makes it very easy to display data from Wikipedia and Panoramio as layers on your Google Map API based maps.

In this post we’ll create a script that uses the GLayer functionality to display POI’s on your map.

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Style your Google maps with JSON

Customize the colors of google maps api with cssHow about getting the possibility to style the map from the Google Map API in any way you like.

For basic usage, the standard colors from Google Maps are fine, but if you have a specific map where you want to highlight specific types of data – eg. highways, or just want to customize the look and feel of the map, you now have the chance with the new styling possibilities in V3 of the Google Maps API.

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Customized Google Search engine in PHP

Create a customized Google Search for your siteGoogle has a great AJAX API for integrating Google search on your own site.

However if you want to tweak layout and functionality, the AJAX API can be difficult to work with.

In this post we’ll build a Google Powered web search in PHP, where you can customize the look and feel anyway you like, and easily add enhanced functionality like screenshots, or whatever is relevant for your site.

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Dynamic XML and flash (swf) charts

Create dynamic xml swf charts for your website or blogBy combining the power of XML and Flash (SWF), you can create great looking and user friendly charts for your website or blog.

XML makes the chart dynamic and easy to maintain and Flash (SWF) enables a feature rich user experience with great interaction possibilities.

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Spice up your site with Google font API

Google font apiWith the new Google Font API you can easily create nice text effect on your site without using graphics. Making nice text effects on the web, normally requires creation of graphical images that contains the text, since only a few fonts are universally supported across different browsers and operating systems.

Text as images has the advantage of great control over the end result in the users browser, but also the problems with potentially slower download times due to the size of the image containing the text effect, and less flexibility in maintenance since changes to the text means creating a new image.

In this post we’ll take a look at the Google Font API, that offers a new solution to nice fonts on the web.

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Advanced image resizing in PHP

advanced image resize in PHPPHP has some nice features for resizing and modification of images. In this post we’ll build a script that can take local or remote images, resize the images based on a bounding box, and optimize the files, so the file size gets as small as possible.

The script saves the resized and optimized images as jpg files.

This script can be very useful if you wants to automate downloading and optimization of external images, or has a big collection of images that needs to be resized.

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Customize the “read more” link in WordPress

WordPress read more customizationWhen your readers are looking at the front page of your WordPress powered site,  they typically reads the first part of your posts, and then clicks on a “read more” link to read the rest of the post.

However if this “read more” link isn’t visible enough, or too few readers are clicking on the link, then it might be relevant to change the link.

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