Google recently released 'What do you love' .com. It is a site that pulls together a whole raft of services and themes their content based on your search criteria. It performs a book search, video search and a whole load more, you can give it a try here: www.wdyl.com
In typical Google fashion they have not left the site in a merely 'working' state, they have added a whole load of Easter Eggs (hidden features). This article explores some of them and how they work.
Following on from a previous article I wrote about (Google maps panning the next step in my Google mapping project is to be able to add markers to a Google map dynamically.
This article deals with how to translate a location into a latitude and longitude using Google, and how to send and add markers from a database into a Google maps via a remote service, using AJAX and JSON.
There is a full example of the finished application here: Demo of dynamically adding markers to Google maps
I liked the look of it, but wanted to create it in JQuery as it required a lot of custom server side code, and several expensive server software installations. Also I'm migrating away from the flash / flex arena into a more purist JQuery / AJAX development mindset.
There is a full example of Google Maps panning here