So the next challenge was obvious, take the RSS feed and put it up on a Google Map, hey its a mashup and we all know that they MUST use Google Maps :) For this next challenge I decided to abandon Yahoo Pipes for a while (mainly because it absolutely NAILS the server if you are looping through a big blog feed, and do it in the old "traditional" way of processing data in the single lump it comes in (the RSS feed).
My task was as follows
- Put the Geo tagged feed onto a map with the Google Maps API
- Generate a KML file for Google Earth
- Use Ajax in someway
To get you going try this simple UK to Wengen trip or there is a much messier one that goes all over the globe, that later one takes quite a while for Google to render. If you don't see it after 30 seconds just hit the button, I haven't done a "waiting for Google" bit yet, if you get bored just hit the button again.... Over on the right are a bunch of links including one to the KMZ file which should pop up directly in Google Earth (if you haven't got it download it).
Now I feel I can safely attack powerpoint for another couple of weeks.