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Activate the Google Maps JavaScript API

To get you started we'll guide you through the Google Developers Console to do a few things first:

  1. Create or choose a project
  2. Activate the Google Maps JavaScript API and related services
  3. Create appropriate keys
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Visualization Library

Overview

The Google Maps JavaScript API uses libraries to provide supplemental features. The visualization library includes the HeatmapLayer class, which you can use to visualize data intensity at geographical points.

For example, the earthquake mapping tutorial uses the HeatMapLayer class to plot earthquake locations and intensity, and walks you step by step through the code.

Using the library

The visualization library is a self-contained library, separate from the main Google Maps JavaScript API code. To use the functionality contained within this library, you must first load it using the libraries parameter in the Maps JavaScript API bootstrap URL:

<script src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?libraries=visualization"></script>

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