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Google Maps vs Postman: What are the differences?

What is Google Maps? 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.

What is Postman? Only complete API development environment. Postman is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.

Google Maps and Postman are primarily classified as "Mapping APIs" and "API" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Google Maps are:

  • Maps Image APIs
  • Places API
  • Web Services

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

  • Compact layout
  • HTTP requests with file upload support
  • Formatted API responses for JSON and XML

"Free", "Address input through maps api" and "Sharable Directions" are the key factors why developers consider Google Maps; whereas "Easy to use", "Great tool" and "Makes developing rest api's easy peasy" are the primary reasons why Postman is favored.

According to the StackShare community, Postman has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1725 company stacks & 2166 developers stacks; compared to Google Maps, which is listed in 1964 company stacks and 1074 developer stacks.

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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 Postman?

It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.
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What are some alternatives to Google Maps and Postman?
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.
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.
Java Persistence API
It is a Java application programming interface specification that describes the management of relational data in applications using Java Platform, Standard Edition and Java Platform, Enterprise Edition.It provides a POJO persistence model for object-relational mapping.
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Decisions about Google Maps and Postman
Noah Zoschke
Noah Zoschke
Engineering Manager at Segment · | 29 upvotes · 137.2K views
atSegmentSegment
Swagger UI
Swagger UI
ReadMe.io
ReadMe.io
Markdown
Markdown
Postman
Postman
#QA
#Api
#Documentation

We just launched the Segment Config API (try it out for yourself here) — a set of public REST APIs that enable you to manage your Segment configuration. A public API is only as good as its #documentation. For the API reference doc we are using Postman.

Postman is an “API development environment”. You download the desktop app, and build API requests by URL and payload. Over time you can build up a set of requests and organize them into a “Postman Collection”. You can generalize a collection with “collection variables”. This allows you to parameterize things like username, password and workspace_name so a user can fill their own values in before making an API call. This makes it possible to use Postman for one-off API tasks instead of writing code.

Then you can add Markdown content to the entire collection, a folder of related methods, and/or every API method to explain how the APIs work. You can publish a collection and easily share it with a URL.

This turns Postman from a personal #API utility to full-blown public interactive API documentation. The result is a great looking web page with all the API calls, docs and sample requests and responses in one place. Check out the results here.

Postman’s powers don’t end here. You can automate Postman with “test scripts” and have it periodically run a collection scripts as “monitors”. We now have #QA around all the APIs in public docs to make sure they are always correct

Along the way we tried other techniques for documenting APIs like ReadMe.io or Swagger UI. These required a lot of effort to customize.

Writing and maintaining a Postman collection takes some work, but the resulting documentation site, interactivity and API testing tools are well worth it.

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Jagdeep Singh
Jagdeep Singh
Tech Lead at ucreate.it · | 7 upvotes · 17.1K views
atucreateucreate
Postman
Postman

I use Postman because of the ease of team-management, using workspaces and teams, runner, collections, environment variables, test-scripts (post execution), variable management (pre and post execution), folders (inside collections, for better management of APIs), newman, easy-ci-integration (and probably a few more things that I am not able to recall right now).

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Nicholas Rogoff
Nicholas Rogoff
at Avanade UK Ltd. · | 7 upvotes · 51.8K views
atNHS Digital (NHS.UK)NHS Digital (NHS.UK)
Visual Studio
Visual Studio
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Newman
Newman
Postman
Postman
Azure DevOps
Azure DevOps
Git
Git
jQuery
jQuery
JavaScript
JavaScript
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft SQL Server
C#
C#
.NET Core
.NET Core

Secure Membership Web API backed by SQL Server. This is the backing API to store additional profile and complex membership metadata outside of an Azure AD B2C provider. The front-end using the Azure AD B2C to allow 3rd party trusted identity providers to authenticate. This API provides a way to add and manage more complex permission structures than can easily be maintained in Azure AD.

We have .Net developers and an Azure infrastructure environment using server-less functions, logic apps and SaaS where ever possible. For this service I opted to keep it as a classic WebAPI project and deployed to AppService.

  • Trusted Authentication Provider: @AzureActiveDirectoryB2C
  • Frameworks: .NET Core
  • Language: C# , Microsoft SQL Server , JavaScript
  • IDEs: Visual Studio Code , Visual Studio
  • Libraries: jQuery @EntityFramework, @AutoMapper, @FeatureToggle , @Swashbuckle
  • Database: @SqlAzure
  • Source Control: Git
  • Build and Release Pipelines: Azure DevOps
  • Test tools: Postman , Newman
  • Test framework: @nUnit, @moq
  • Infrastructure: @AzureAppService, @AzureAPIManagement
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Tom Klein
Tom Klein
CEO at Gentlent · | 9 upvotes · 67.1K views
atGentlentGentlent
TensorFlow
TensorFlow
Let's Encrypt
Let's Encrypt
Twilio
Twilio
PayPal
PayPal
Stripe
Stripe
CloudFlare
CloudFlare
Google Maps
Google Maps
Google Drive
Google Drive
Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow
Postman
Postman
Google Analytics
Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a great tool to analyze your traffic. To debug our software and ask questions, we love to use Postman and Stack Overflow. Google Drive helps our team to share documents. We're able to build our great products through the APIs by Google Maps, CloudFlare, Stripe, PayPal, Twilio, Let's Encrypt, and TensorFlow.

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Jason Barry
Jason Barry
Cofounder at FeaturePeek · | 4 upvotes · 23.5K views
atFeaturePeekFeaturePeek
Dropbox
Dropbox
Paw
Paw
Postman
Postman
Insomnia REST Client
Insomnia REST Client

We've tried a couple REST clients over the years, and Insomnia REST Client has won us over the most. Here's what we like about it compared to other contenders in this category:

  • Uncluttered UI. Things are only in your face when you need them, and the app is visually organized in an intuitive manner.
  • Native Mac app. We wanted the look and feel to be on par with other apps in our OS rather than a web app / Electron app (cough Postman).
  • Easy team sync. Other apps have this too, but Insomnia's model best sets the "set and forget" mentality. Syncs are near instant and I'm always assured that I'm working on the latest version of API endpoints. Apps like Paw use a git-based approach to revision history, but I think this actually over-complicates the sync feature. For ensuring I'm always working on the latest version of something, I'd rather have the sync model be closer to Dropbox's than git's, and Insomnia is closer to Dropbox in that regard.

Some features like automatic public-facing documentation aren't supported, but we currently don't have any public APIs, so this didn't matter to us.

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Reviews of Google Maps and Postman
Avatar of sergiotapia
Senior Software Engineer
Review ofPostmanPostman

If you're building an API service, this Chrome extension is a must-have. It'll let you ping your endpoints using a nice clean UI that's built right into Chrome. You can also share your previous requests - a simple way to 'document' your API if you're short on time.

Avatar of DaneLyons
Cofounder
Review ofPostmanPostman

If someone is having trouble shipping data to the Knowtify API, I almost always share my postman collection. Working through the issue from there is typically pretty easy.

Avatar of jgentes
Founder of StartupCommunity.org at The Social Business
Review ofPostmanPostman

Not much to say, it's the best free tool out there for testing APIs. Get it.

How developers use Google Maps and Postman
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shridhardalavi uses PostmanPostman

Postman is a powerful tool for performing integration testing with your API. It allows for repeatable, reliable tests that can be automated and used in a variety of environments and includes useful tools for persisting data and simulating how a user might actually be interacting with the system

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Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses PostmanPostman

We use Postman in conjunction with our universal REST-API "JCVortex". Postman makes testing edge-cases hassle-free and lets testing look easy. Postman was also a great help to explore the Mojang-API, that we are dependent on, because it is the central repository for minecraft-account-data.

Avatar of Rajeshkumar T
Rajeshkumar T uses Google MapsGoogle Maps
  • Its used for restaurant Geo location and find the nearest restaurant listing.

  • Find the customer location and delivery agent location tracking.

  • Calculate the distance between restaurant and customer location.

Avatar of Rashid Muhammad
Rashid Muhammad uses PostmanPostman

I use it for testing my Web Api. It's a easy tool for interacting with a RESTFul API and provides great tools for organizing requests. The Newman tool is great for allowing your tests to run in a CI/CD pipeline.

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Youpooly Corp. uses Google MapsGoogle Maps

We need to integrate maps in mobile Apps and Web frontend to show where an event is taking place. Maps is best because of it's international availability and the google api with a feature to recursive search.

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benyomin uses Google MapsGoogle Maps

Location, location, location. Choropleths are hot for a reason. When dealing with geography and housing why stop at bar charts, the map really makes my data quickly comprehensible to humans.

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papaver uses Google MapsGoogle Maps

used the google maps api on several projects. been an avid user for quite a while. used it all around the world to navigate through public transport and through cities.

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Xpertz uses PostmanPostman

Used to test API endpoints and monitor API which also acts as an API heartbeat to keep functions alive in Google Cloud in order to avoid timeout responses to Slack.

Avatar of David Flynn
David Flynn uses PostmanPostman

We use Postman for all our API testing. Postman is invaluable. We would like to have a team licence so that we can use shared work spaces and test collections.

Avatar of Srinivas Adireddi
Srinivas Adireddi uses Google MapsGoogle Maps

1) it's very easy to use. 2) shows satellite image, Google earth and many other features like traffic, terrain, etc. 3) Is very useful for driving etc.

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