Google Maps and QuickBase

Hi Everyone,
I am one of the engineers on the QuickBase team and I thought I would share with you an app that I created which uses the Google Map API. Very briefly, the way I use the Google API is to store the piece of code in a QuickBase db page and reference the page using a URL formula. The formula passes in the latitude and longitude as well as some other inputs.

We are interested in finding out …

i) if anyone has felt the need to explore integrating Google maps with QuickBase. If so, what was the need and how have you solved it?

ii) what QuickBase features do people think would be useful in the context of using Google maps.  One obvious feature that I’ve heard from people is to be able to provide addresses (as opposed to latitude and longitude pairs) that can be fed to the Google map API to draw the maps. To the best of my knowledge, Google does not offer this yet.

Here is the link to the QuickBase app that I have created.

https://www.quickbase.com/db/bazk8i2wa

Enjoy!

Soumya

Soumya De

I’m an Engineering Manager on the Intuit QuickBase team with a love for developing all kinds of software. When I’m not coding or learning a new programming language, I love travelling and hanging out with my wife and friends watching movies, football or cricket.

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  • http://raphaelpungin.com/ Raphael

    It’s very easy to get a map from an US address record in QuickBase. Assuming you have a table with fields: “Street” and “Zip Code”, all you need is a formula URL field like this:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl;=en&q;=“&[Street]&”,”&[Zip Code]

    Note that the Street field should not include a pound sign (for apartment number for instance). It should be in the format ()

    For example “123 Main St. (Apt. 5)”

    Raphael

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    MyOffices Reply:

    I just put this formula into my browser and i see a map but how can I extract the Longitude and Latitude? I am trying to build a geocoder table to input address and automatically code them. For various uses. Like plot territories or aggregate close locations based on distances.

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  • http://raphaelpungin.com Raphael

    It’s very easy to get a map from an US address record in QuickBase. Assuming you have a table with fields: “Street” and “Zip Code”, all you need is a formula URL field like this:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=“&[Street]&”,”&[Zip Code]

    Note that the Street field should not include a pound sign (for apartment number for instance). It should be in the format ()

    For example “123 Main St. (Apt. 5)”

    Raphael

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  • http://raphaelpungin.com/ Raphael

    Oops, my format synatax was interpreted as html. The street should be in this format:

    [house number] [street name] ([additional info])

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  • http://raphaelpungin.com Raphael

    Oops, my format synatax was interpreted as html. The street should be in this format:

    [house number] [street name] ([additional info])

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  • Soumya De

    Raphael,
    The reason you might use the Google Map API is that you have a lot more control over the map and how it appears. For example, you can put in multiple thumbtacks to designate multiple places on the map. You can configure what appears when someone clciks on the tacks etc…

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  • Soumya De

    Raphael,
    The reason you might use the Google Map API is that you have a lot more control over the map and how it appears. For example, you can put in multiple thumbtacks to designate multiple places on the map. You can configure what appears when someone clciks on the tacks etc…

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  • Mark Shnier

    Can you post or point me to where I can see how to put multiple thumbtacks on one map. My real question is “is there a way to take a list of addresses from QuickBase, and feed them all into Google maps all at once.

    There is a probably a way that uses advanced features of Java or whatever – I means from native Quickbase it would be nice to be able to take a list of addresses and “push a button” to see them on a map.

    Or maybe that would need some development by QuickBase to make that easy for us.

    (I can see how to do tyhe integration for just one thumbtack – you just create a formualo URL field. But how would you do multiple points without Javascript stuff)

    Mark

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  • Mark Shnier

    Can you post or point me to where I can see how to put multiple thumbtacks on one map. My real question is “is there a way to take a list of addresses from QuickBase, and feed them all into Google maps all at once.

    There is a probably a way that uses advanced features of Java or whatever – I means from native Quickbase it would be nice to be able to take a list of addresses and “push a button” to see them on a map.

    Or maybe that would need some development by QuickBase to make that easy for us.

    (I can see how to do tyhe integration for just one thumbtack – you just create a formualo URL field. But how would you do multiple points without Javascript stuff)

    Mark

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  • David Hogarty

    Determining the lat-long for an address is called ‘geo-coding’, which the Google Maps API does not currently allow. However, the new Yahoo Maps API does allow you to query their geocoding engine, so you could get lat-long for addresses from there.

    -Dave

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  • David Hogarty

    Determining the lat-long for an address is called ‘geo-coding’, which the Google Maps API does not currently allow. However, the new Yahoo Maps API does allow you to query their geocoding engine, so you could get lat-long for addresses from there.

    -Dave

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  • http://www.netrichmond.com/ Greg

    I’d suggest partnering with a GIS company like MapInfo to integrate the geocoding piece. With my last company we wrapped MapInfo’s Spatialware as a web service and later integrated the GoogleMaps API.

    Anyone who needs integrated GIS functionality would need some robust functionality that a dedicated GIS vendor already provides.

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  • http://www.netrichmond.com Greg

    I’d suggest partnering with a GIS company like MapInfo to integrate the geocoding piece. With my last company we wrapped MapInfo’s Spatialware as a web service and later integrated the GoogleMaps API.

    Anyone who needs integrated GIS functionality would need some robust functionality that a dedicated GIS vendor already provides.

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  • Constance de Brun

    We’ve done a lot with integrating Quickbase with GIS mapping from ESRI. Check it out at http://www.landvote.org and go to the TPL LandVote Mapping System.

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    daure1234 Reply:

    your reports are open..you need to close them..

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  • Constance de Brun

    We’ve done a lot with integrating Quickbase with GIS mapping from ESRI. Check it out at http://www.landvote.org and go to the TPL LandVote Mapping System.

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  • http://datacollaborative.com/ The Data Collaborative

    The Data Collaborative is excited to announce Google Maps support in a new service, Mapping, on QuickBase Nation. Mapping allows you to easily plot multiple addresses from a QuickBase database, quickly, easily, and for free! Give it a try and unleash the power of Google Maps in QuickBase.

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  • http://datacollaborative.com The Data Collaborative

    The Data Collaborative is excited to announce Google Maps support in a new service, Mapping, on QuickBase Nation. Mapping allows you to easily plot multiple addresses from a QuickBase database, quickly, easily, and for free! Give it a try and unleash the power of Google Maps in QuickBase.

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  • Chuck

    This is very useful. I’ve created an application for circulation which has maps for every location and when adding a record to a location it stamps the GPS location as well and compare that location with the location of the master record which tells me if that person is really at that location.

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  • Kent G. Evans

    We need to implement a tool for managing an audit contract for fiber to the home installations. This is perfect,

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    Alex_IntuitQuickBase Reply:

    Glad to hear it Kent. You’re in good hands with Steve.

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