Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Google Maps meets AJAX web-chat

The use of Google Maps is getting more and more interesting. The gang at TheMidnightCoders has developed a way to integrate a web-based AJAX chat client with Google Maps. Enter a room, and start tapping out messages to others. As you type, a pin automatically marks your present location on the world map. Each time someone in the room enters a message, a balloon with chat-text appears over the person talking.

Here is the technical description from TheMidnightCoders:

"..This example demonstrates bi-directional messaging between heterogeneous (Flash and AJAX) clients and WebORB Message Server. The server performs additional processing to geolocate chat users, injects necessary information in messages so users can be plotted on the map."

This is a great example of Google Maps breathing new life into an existing web application (web-chat). I encourage you to try this out:


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