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Converting from postal address to latitude / longitude

Everyone comes to MelkshamDo you sometimes find odd gaps in new procedures you follow - "I can see everything I need to do to make X happen, except" ?

I hit one of those yesterday. When learning how to interface to Google maps ... all the information was there, except there was no way that I could spot to click on a map and say "what latitude / longitude is this?". Of course, I may well have missed an option.

Why the problem? Because I wanted to hard code certain data - such as our location - into the demo I was writing.

Alternative approach - to type in a place name and have the system tell me the latitude / longitude which I can do .. not via any standard page I could find but vis Google's own API.

Source code - here

Working demo - here - to which I've added an automata trap after 27,000 hits from a single host!

(written 2007-10-13, updated 2011-01-25)

 
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