How To Use the Yahoo Geocoding API in PHP

    November 4, 2005

You know you’ve got some cool APIs when Rasmus takes the time to write some code against them and then show the world how easy it is: GeoCool! …

Web 2.0 and the programmable web that I and others have been talking about for a while has mostly been vapourware so far. There are a few generic components that are useful, but it is somewhat limited what you can do with them. And yes, you may consider this a somewhat biased view, but I think Yahoo!’s new geocoding platform is a huge step in the right direction.

There is of course the fancy new site which is fun, but as far as I am concerned the killer app here is the geocoding platform that drives this. And it is completely accessible for anyone to use. It’s also a sane API that anybody can figure out in minutes. Here are a few tips for using this API from PHP 5.

I get the feeling he’ll be adding that as an example to a PHP talk sometime soon… :-)

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