Google Maps vs Middleman

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Google Maps

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Google Maps vs Middleman: What are the differences?

Developers describe Google Maps as "Build highly customisable maps with your own content and imagery". Create rich applications and stunning visualisations of your data, leveraging the comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usability of Google Maps and a modern web platform that scales as you grow. On the other hand, Middleman is detailed as "A static site generator using all the shortcuts and tools in modern web development". Middleman is a command-line tool for creating static websites using all the shortcuts and tools of the modern web development environment.

Google Maps can be classified as a tool in the "Mapping APIs" category, while Middleman is grouped under "Static Site Generators".

Some of the features offered by Google Maps are:

  • Maps Image APIs
  • Places API
  • Web Services

On the other hand, Middleman provides the following key features:

  • Sass for DRY stylesheets
  • CoffeeScript for safer and less verbose javascript
  • Multiple asset management solutions, including Sprockets

"Free" is the primary reason why developers consider Google Maps over the competitors, whereas "Rails for static sites" was stated as the key factor in picking Middleman.

Middleman is an open source tool with 6.49K GitHub stars and 696 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Middleman's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Google Maps has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1976 company stacks & 1093 developers stacks; compared to Middleman, which is listed in 32 company stacks and 17 developer stacks.

Advice on Google Maps and Middleman

From a StackShare Community member: "We're a team of two starting to write a mobile app. The app will heavily rely on maps and this is where my partner and I are not seeing eye-to-eye. I would like to go with an open source solution like OpenStreetMap that is used by Apple & Foursquare. He would like to go with Google Maps since more apps use it and has better support (according to him). Mapbox is also an option but I don’t know much about it."

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I use Mapbox because We need 3D maps and navigation, it has a great plugin for React and React Native which we use. Also the Mapbox Geocoder is great.

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Blair Gemmer
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Google Maps

Google Maps is best because it is practically free (they give you $300 in free credits per month and it's really hard to go over the free tier unless you really mean business) and it's the best!

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OpenStreetMap

I use OpenStreetMap because that has a strong community. It takes some time to catch up with Google Maps, but OpenStreetMap will become great solution.

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OpenStreetMap

Its open source and we use it.

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Fabio Fraga Machado
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OpenStreetMap

I use OpenStreetMap because i have the control of the environment, using Docker containers or bare-metal servers.

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Shuuji TAKAHASHI
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Google Maps

I use Google Maps because it has a lot of great features such as Google's rich APIs, geolocation functions, navigation search feature, street map view, auto-generated 3D city map.

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Pros of Google Maps
Pros of Middleman
  • 250
    Free
  • 136
    Address input through maps api
  • 81
    Sharable Directions
  • 46
    Google Earth
  • 45
    Unique
  • 3
    Custom maps designing
  • 19
    Rails for static sites
  • 17
    Live reload
  • 16
    Erb, haml, slim
  • 6
    Easy setup
  • 3
    Emacs org-mode integration by middleman-org
  • 1
    Make front-end easy and rock solid again

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Cons of Google Maps
Cons of Middleman
  • 3
    Google Attributions and logo
  • 1
    Only map allowed alongside google place autocomplete
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    What is Google Maps?

    Create rich applications and stunning visualisations of your data, leveraging the comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usability of Google Maps and a modern web platform that scales as you grow.

    What is Middleman?

    Middleman is a command-line tool for creating static websites using all the shortcuts and tools of the modern web development environment.

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    What are some alternatives to Google Maps and Middleman?
    Mapbox
    We make it possible to pin travel spots on Pinterest, find restaurants on Foursquare, and visualize data on GitHub.
    OpenStreetMap
    OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.
    TomTom
    It is the leading independent location technology specialist, shaping mobility with highly accurate maps, navigation, real-time traffic info and services.
    Leaflet
    Leaflet is an open source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. It is developed by Vladimir Agafonkin of MapBox with a team of dedicated contributors. Weighing just about 30 KB of gzipped JS code, it has all the features most developers ever need for online maps.
    OpenLayers
    An opensource javascript library to load, display and render maps from multiple sources on web pages.
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