Articles tagged Google

Translating Text Using the Google Translate API and PHP, JSON and cURL

Google Translate is a service from Google that you can use to translate text or HTML from one language to another. One of the great features of this service is that they now offer an API to let you programmatically translate text. In this article I will show you how to interact with the Google Translate API.

Shortening URLs for with Google's URL Shortener API

In 2010 Google released its own URL shortener, which allows you to shorten URLs to use the domain. In this article I will show you how to easily create your own short URLs using their new URL shortener API.

Speeding Up Your PHP Web Site

Google have recently announced that the speed of a web site is now used as a factor in determining its search rank. This is great news for the skillful PHP developer, since it allows you to gain an advantage over those not as dedicated to their art. In this article I will show you some of the steps I've taken to improve the performance of These are all techniques you can easily adapt to your own web sites and web applications.

Generating Static Images of Google Maps

One useful feature of Google Maps is the ability to generate a static image of any longitude and latitude that you desire, as opposed to using the normal JavaScript-based interactive map. In this article I will show you how to request such static images. We will then combine this technique with the geocoder we created in the article Geocoding with PHP and the Google Maps API.

Geocoding with PHP and the Google Maps API

Geocoding is the process of finding the longitude and latitude of a given address or location. The Google Maps service gives developers and web site owners free access to their geocoder, both using the Google Maps JavaScript API, as well as using the web service. In this article I will show you how to access the geocoder web service using PHP so that it can be used in your own applications.

Searching Google With The Google API

This article covers performing search queries on Google using their API. This means you can transparently run a Google search in the background, and then present the results to your users however you want to. The Google API is a SOAP web service. SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) is an XML schema used for calling a remote procedures (usually) over the web. In this case, the remote procedure is Google search. In this article, we are going to create a single PHP script called google.php, to simply demonstrate how to query Google. Hopefully using this information, you will be able to come up with more advanced ways of using the API.