Zimbra + Yahoo Maps

Yahoo released a new maps API beta yesterday. We already had a Google maps integration, but wanted to see if Yahoo had anything better. Yahoo’s previous map api was problematic since it required you to put their map in an iframe and didn’t give much control over the image.

The new Y! api is much better. It offers integrated geocoding and the ability to request a map image only. This worked perfect for our needs. What took 30+ lines to do in Google Maps we were able to do in less than 10. It also meant only one webservice call vs. two for Goggle(geocode + display map). To top it off the Y! api requires a static app id rather than the domain locked api keys that the Google api uses. This makes a huge difference for Zimbra since our server will be deployed with many different domains. Quick screen shot below.

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