Getting Google Map markers from a jquery ajax call

October 4, 2011

The Google Maps API is heavily biased to xml but what if you’d rather get your markers in json from an ajax call? Since we will be using jquery for the call you will need to include the library into your page.

First set up the code that will serve the json. We will put this at /get_markers and will be using Kohana 3 but any code will work aslong as it returns json.

//get markers from database
$lastpoints=ORM::factory('markers')->where('timestamp','>',$this->request->post('date'))->order_by('timestamp','DESC')->find_all();
if($lastpoints->count() > 0)
{
	echo json_encode( array_map( create_function( '$obj', 'return $obj->as_array();'), $lastpoints->as_array() ) );
}

Now we can grab that data and use it.

$.ajax({
        type: "POST",
        url: '/get_markers',
	dataType: 'json',
	data: 'date=' + dateText,
        success: function(data){ 
	     locations.length = 0;
	     for (p = 0; p < data.length; p++) {
	           locations.push(Array(data[p].latitude,data[p].longitude,data[p].timestamp));
	     }
	     initialize();
	}
});

In the example above we would be reloading only the new markers onto the map. If you would like the markers to just be added to the markers that are already on the map, you will need to remove the loop and the locations length reset in the success function and just have the array push. The initialize function is the code that sets up the map and is found in most examples and tutorials on the API.

Of course you will need to set the ajax call to an event.

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