I've always wanted to learn how to incorporate the Google Maps API into one of my projects, as I think the layout and functionality look rather impressive. Being one prospective employee in a sea of many, I also want to diversify my portfolio and be as desirable to employers as possible. As such, my colleagues and I have decided to build out a road trip app, using the Google Maps API. Here's how you would get started:
If you have never used the Google Maps API before, you will need to set up a billing account in order to receive the API key that is necessary. You will also be prompted to create a new project during this step.
- Decide which API is best for your project. To learn more about how they are different, navigate to:
Once decided, you have to enable the API for your specific project. Navigate to the Google Cloud Platform Console, https://console.cloud.google.com, click the menu button, and select APIs & Services > Library. Select which API you will be using, and then click the Enable button.
- Get your API key. Back on the Google Cloud Platform Console, select APIs & Services > Credentials from the menu. Here, you can create your API key and add restrictions for its use (which are extremely important).
I am only starting to build out my application, but I am very excited with the functionality that the Google Maps API will bring. Happy coding!
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