Treating the Map as a Blank Canvas so that Markers on the Map can be Added Programmatically

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Description

In the previous videos, the markers on the map have been added automatically. For each record in the Grid, a corresponding marker has been placed on the Map.

However, you can specify that there should be no markers on the map initially. You would do this if you want to add the marker to the map with your own code. This video shows how you can turn off the automatic placement of markers on the map and then use Action Javascript to add markers to the map programmatically. The video shows a Grid with a list of states. Each row in the Grid has a button to populate the map with the 10 airports in the state with the highest elevation. When you click a button in the Grid row, an Ajax callback is made to place the markers on the map.

How you can treat the google map in the alternate view as a blank canvas. A marker has been placed on the row automatically for each row on the grid. Show top 10 highest airports. Alternate View. PLace Markers on map property has been turned off. Do that so you can place all of the markers on the map yourself programatically. No icons on the map. When you press button, ajax callback. Go to fields, place new button. do onclick event under Javascript. Add a google Map method from list of actions Choose Map Id of Map you want to talk to, alternate view map Action. Action Javascript. Clear all markers, Add markers to the map, close all infoboxes. Add markers to map is the most powerful of actions because it lets you add markers to the map using an Ajax Callback, or add local data to the map using local data that is already on the grid via Javascript. Video2 How to write the Ajax Callback Function------------ Definition of button...Edit Action...Show Function Prototype. Callback needs to set properties in an array. Calls placeMarkers. What happens inside this placeMarkers? Go to working preview click on button for Co. Xbasic function placeMarkers. Comment describes what your ajax callback needs to do. Xbasic Functions

 Examples

Getting a SQL Connection object.

function placeMarkers as c(e as p) 
dim cn as sql::Connection

dim cs as c 
cs=="::Name::Airports"

State value. Colorado.

dim state as c 
state = e._currentRowDataNew.STATE

Select all fields from airports where state equals x.

dim sql as c 
sql = "select* from us_airports where state = :state order by elevation desc" 
dim args as sql::arguments 
args.add("state",state)

Resulting set from Query

dim flag as c 
flag = cn.open(cs) 
if flag = .f then 
placeMarkers = "alert('could not open connection to database');" 
exit function 
end if 
dim rs as sql::ResultSet

If there are no records in the query...

dim rs as sql::ResultSet 

rs = cn.ResultSet 
flag = rs.nextRow() 
if flag = .f. then 
placeMarkers = "alert('no records in query');" 
exit function 
end if

Set this array and set these properties in the array. All of these are defined in the prototype.

dim count as n = 1 
while flag 
e.markers[].type = "coord" 
e.markers[].lat = rs.data("latitude") 
e.markers[].lon = rs.data("longitude") 
e.markers[].title = rs.data("name") 
e.markers[].infotext = "Airport Information
Name:" + rs.data("name") + "
Elevation:" + rs.data("elevation") 
e.markers[].icon = "http://maps.google.com/mapfiles/marker_green.png" 
e.markers[].animation = 1 
e.markers[].duration = 3 
flag = rs.NextRow() 
count = count + 1                                                                          
if count > 10 then 
exit while 
end if

Animation is bounce

e.markers[].animation = 1

Move to the next row in the result set. Increment counter by 1, if the counter is above ten then bail out of the loop.

flag = rs.NextRow() 
count = count + 1                                                                          
if count > 10 then 
exit while

Clear out existing markers. Recenter map on new markers.

e.flagClearOldMarkers = .t. 
e.flagRecentMapNew = .t. 
e.flagRecentMap

Free the connection result set. Close the connection down.

cn.FreeResult() 
delete rs 
cn.close()

 Complete Example

function placeMarkers as c(e as p) 
dim cn as sql::Connection 
dim cs as c 
cs=="::Name::Airports" 
dim state as c 
state = e._currentRowDataNew.STATE 
dim sql as c 
sql = "select* from us_airports where state = :state order by elevation desc" 
dim args as sql::arguments 
args.add("state",state) 
dim flag as c 
flag = cn.open(cs) 
if flag = .f then 
placeMarkers = "alert('could not open connection to database');" 
exit function 
end if 
dim rs as sql::ResultSet 

rs = cn.ResultSet 
flag = rs.nextRow() 
if flag = .f. then 
placeMarkers = "alert('no records in query');" 
exit function 
end if 
dim count as n = 1 
while flag 
e.markers[].type = "coord" 
e.markers[].lat = rs.data("latitude") 
e.markers[].lon = rs.data("longitude") 
e.markers[].title = rs.data("name") 
e.markers[].infotext = "Airport Information
Name:" + rs.data("name") + "
Elevation:" + rs.data("elevation") 
e.markers[].icon = "http://maps.google.com/mapfiles/marker_green.png" 
e.markers[].animation = 1 
e.markers[].duration = 3 
flag = rs.NextRow() 
count = count + 1                                                                          
if count > 10 then 
exit while 
end if 
end while 
e.flagClearOldMarkers = .t. 
e.flagRecentMapNew = .t. 
e.flagRecentMap 
cn.FreeResult() 
delete rs 
cn.close()