By Elinor Mills
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
November 17, 2005 4:00 AM PT
Even before Google gave its blessing, Paul Rademacher was hacking away at the code behind its mapping application so he could mix it with outside real estate data and see exactly where homes listed for sale were located in the San Francisco area.
Little did the computer graphics expert know that his HousingMaps.com, which combines a Google map with house listings from the popular Craigslist community, would be the start of an Internet phenomenon. Although Rademacher created his site about two months before Google publicly released its application programming interface--the secret sauce that allows developers to create their own recipes with its maps--the company wasn't angry.
In fact, Google hired him shortly thereafter. [ Read More.. ]