Top JavaScript Maps API and Libraries medium.com3 years ago in #Dev Love169

Most of the applications and sites we use today are bound to show location and various data on maps. Maps are used everywhere: from food delivery sites to online stores and complex applications for logistics companies. Maps are used very widely in web design, and when presenting data, we usually expect them to be interactive. It can be the branches of an international company, statistics about countries or just destinations to visualize. Maps that are pre-arranged help people find your business without having to spend time looking for your physical location manually. One way or another, while developing another application you will definitely face the questions of working with maps. What tools should you use? Paid or open-source? Standalone or web-based? Many different plugins and libraries that you will find on our list are built specifically to make it easy for people to find your business. But Google Maps isn’t the only solution. Firstly, it does not provide too many customization options, such as custom marking and adding extra widgets to make your maps more interactive. Other than that, you might need maps specifically for contests, exploration, traveling, hiking, and much more. That’s why you may need open-source solutions. In this article-comparison we will talk about different types of javascript tools for working with maps. We’ll look at the types of tools you can choose from, as well as the comparison options. Due to a large number of different tools for working with maps, it would be good to categorize them to give a definition of each category. In this article, the categories for Web mapping clients have been extracted from the projects’ descriptions. Thus, there are libraries, wrappers, toolkits, frameworks, and clients. Libraries: Expose classes and functions allowing to build applications at a higher level of programming;Wrappers: act as an interface between its caller and the wrapped code;Toolkits: more modular and easily integrated into a custom application;Frameworks: A reusable software template, or skeleton, from which key enabling and supporting services can be selected, configured and integrated with application code;Clients: ready-to-use Web mapping applications. This way of categorizing Web mapping clients provides a first approach for distinguishing them, so you could select more easily. The comparison is presented in three parts to facilitate the reading: General description: Gives an introduction to each project.Technical features: Presents some technical data on each project.Links of interest: Includes a screenshot showing how the client looks like as well as links to useful pages and live demos. So, which mapping framework should you choose? It depends on what features you need and how much you want to customize your map. In this section, we will take 2 products as a base for questions on how to choose a tool for work with maps. These are Google Maps and Leaflet — the most popular tools that reflect the 2 types of solutions to the question of choosing a tool for working with maps.Most users will be well served by simply choosing one of these two. First of all, you need to start with a question — Do I Even Need A Mapping Framework? If you need something set up quickly, have no custom data and default map themes are OK for you — simply use an embedded map like the Bing one to the left. Google, Bing and others offer options to embed a map. Either of these choices (embedding or using a plugin) will meet only the most basic of mapping needs. If your use case fits within what they offer, then I encourage you to use them. When your mapping needs get more complex,…

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