It must be official, we have a Press Release! It has a very catchy title: MapQuest Engages Developer Community with Presence at SXSW; Shows Easy-to-Use, Developer Friendly Tools.
As a reward, MapQuest is now sending us to SXSW Interactive to show it all off. We are also hosting a BBQ Party at the Salt Lick. I, for one, intend to celebrate the launch of something that has been a definite labour of love. I truly love what I do, am passionate about MapQuest, and work with some of the most truly awesome people around - which makes me very grateful to have been afforded the oppportunity to bring this new vision of what the MapQuest Developer Services should be, to fruition. It has been a great journey so far, and as I look back over what we have accomplished in such a short time, I am proud of the hard work we have done, and look forward to what we do next.
Ok, enough of that. If you truly want to see our enthusiasm for what we have built, stop by our booth (#401) at SXSW and we'll talk your ear off, offer you some beer at the Block Party, and even help you with some implementation at our little Genius Bar we've set up. My compadre-in-chaose, Josh Babetski, is also hosting a panel you might find interesting.
Until then, here's a quick(ish) summary of links to previous posts about the different parts of the platform as we released them to production:
Web 2.0 Geocoding Service Launched - November 12th.
Static Map Service Launched - December 4th.
Search Service And Static Map Wizard Launched - February 25th.
MapQuest Traffic Service Goes Live - March 4th.
MapQuest AS3 / Flex SDK V6.0 Launched - March 9th.
I am pretty sure that, not even counting the beta rollouts, we have managed an average of more than one new product or release per month, over the last 6 months. I am just absolutely blown away by how much work we've done in such a short period of time.
Alright. Enough from me. Texas, here we come!
object.setProperty(value)functions have been removed from the SDK, in favor of a more AS3-friendly
object.property = value. Returning these values has also been changed to
object.property. Not only does this make the SDk more intuitive, it also removed quite a lot of weight!
dir.ribbonIsDraggable = true;on the directions object before asking for the route. At the end of each drag, your directions success event handler is called again so you can handle the updated narrative. That's it. Done!
Location is going to be a very popular topic this year at SXSW Interactive. It's no surprise really. Geolocation features and applications are changing how we interact and consume information. These changes can be seen in the way news stories get reported, location data is visualized in near real-time (like how busy one coffee shop is over another), or something as simple as adjusting your evening plans by figuring out what restaurant your friends are at.
The "Time + Social + Location. What's Next In Mobile Experiences?" panel will be talking about the above topics and more. The panel includes Greg Cypes from AIM, Naveen Selvadurai from foursquare, and I'll be representing MapQuest. We look forward to kicking-off the location-based conversation during the first day of panel discussions.
While you're in town, remember to join us for the MapQuest BBQ Quest at South by Southwest on Sunday to catch a ride out to The Salt Lick for some food and beer on us.
You should also follow MapQuestTech on Twitter. It's our new account focused on development and technology news from MapQuest. It'll also be used to share information on MapQuest happenings and antics on the ground during SXSW Interactive. More on that next week, but trust me, it's worth the follow.
See you in Austin!
Since I have already blogged about its features and functions when we pushed it to beta, I'll just provide a brief summary and encourage you, dear reader, to click through to my original post.
The service is all part of the new platform services, so it allows you to GET with Key-value pairs, GET or POST with JSON or XML, and receive your response in a different format to your request (eg: send in XML, get it returned as JSON).
The Developer Network also contains more information about the MapQuest Traffic Service or take advantage of our Traffic Service Forum.
If you haven't tried any of our new services and SDKs yet, you can sign up for a free appKey here.
Stay tuned...more to follow soon.
Mid-March is almost upon us. For thousands, this time of year means one thing: time to go to Austin, TX for SXSW! MapQuest is no exception. In addition to helping attendees get around Austin and find venues for the Interactive, Film, and Music portions of the conference, we'll have a booth set-up for the Interactive Trade Show. Here, you'll have the opportunity to talk to MapQuest Developers about making your applications location enabled.
Now this last part is important if you're attending SXSW Interactive and love great food:
MapQuest can help you find great BBQ in Austin, but we'd thought we'd also take you to get great BBQ as well -- 23.58 miles outside Austin to Driftwood Texas to be exact.
On Sunday, March 14th, we'll be running buses to take about 150 of our fellow attendees to The Salt Lick for some of the best (in our opinion) BBQ in all of Texas (and quite possibly the world). We'll also be supplying the beer to wash down that NOM-tastic food. While it's worth the wait in line, we've got space reserved so we can get right to the eatin'. Oh, did we mention that we're picking up the tab for everyone?
Pit of meat at The Salt Lick
Mouth's already watering thinking about it, right?
If you want in, here's what you need to know:
We look forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and eating until we collapse.
See you in Austin!