Today’s exercise is also something of a test. We will be working in the markdown syntax (github flavour), and you will also be able to choose between
The latter version also serves as a reminder about the Github code-sharing platform. If you want to work locally, I strongly recommend both the Atom Code Editor, and Brackets; many people also like Sublime Text, though you ought to buy a license for Sublime if you continue to use it. Brackets and Atom both also show a live preview of your code, almost like JSBin (For Atom you will have to install the atom-html-preview package, while Brackets comes with a live preview in Chrome, which can be activated with ~Ctrl-Alt- you will get live updates of your code in a second tab, almost like in jsbin. See the documentation for more info.
What is a GIS?
Controlling Google Maps
An API is an “Application Programming Interface”: a communications channel that lets programs talk to each other. By “loading” the Google Maps API, our web pages can communicate directly with Google’s servers to modify the map that Google is presenting to us. In fact, most of the interesting stuff happening on the web these days happens via these machine-to-machine communication channels. Cf. this helpful video or Wikipedia for more API info.
Using Markdown (refresher)
# one or more '#' marks indicates a headline
### this one is "level 3"
*a single asterisk is emphasis, or italics*
**two are strong, or bold**
An empty line separates paragraphs.
> blockquotes are made with angle brackets
> like this