Most of my time these days is being focused on something I haven’t talked about publicly yet. I’d been waiting to finish the site for the project. With that done, I’m ready to spill it: I’m writing a book!
The book’s focus is creating web maps and location-based applications. I’ll be covering several mapping APIs in a cookbook style that will allow even non-programmers to be able to embed interactive maps into their web pages.
I’m excited to have the opportunity and thrilled to be published by No Starch Press, who do the Wicked Cool series, among other great technical books.
Looking back, this topic makes a lot of sense for me. For years I worked with location data at BestPlaces. In 2004 I started my Portland hotspot finder. I had to roll my own geocoder, because this was nearly a year before Google Maps was released.
When I started writing for Webmonkey again, I wrote up tutorials on mapping APIs. I covered WhereCamp Portland. I wrote up other location-based services and libraries. So, bringing my experience to a book seems natural.
There’s a lot of hard work ahead, but I’ve found the writer’s groove and am well on my way. If you’d like to follow my progress, I’m writing at the book’s blog.