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DISCONTINUED: Update: Using Google Maps API in Gadgets

posted Sep 20, 2014, 12:46 PM by Info@ HelpAsNeeded   [ updated Aug 30, 2016, 6:09 PM ]
GOOGLE DISCONTINUED WEB HOSTING IN GOOGLE DRIVES EFFECTIVE AUGUST 31, 2016 SO THIS EXAMPLE IS NO LONGER FUNCTIONAL. SEE: https://googleappsupdates.blogspot.com/2015/08/deprecating-web-hosting-support-in.html

Here's an update on changes to Google Drive since our July 28 post, "Using Google Maps API in Gadgets," that affects the use of Drive hosting capabilities.

First, Google has introduced a "new" Drive. Beware -- the new Drive doesn't support hosting. If you opted for the new Drive, simply select the Gear icon, and switch back. You should see the Hosting URL at the bottom right much as it appeared before. If the URL doesn't appear, try logging out and logging back in.

Second, when we wrote this post in July, our Hosting URL -- https://googledrive.com/host/0By9lQUVEpNaiUEVmVXVLb2VCY2M/GMaps.xml -- worked fine. When we tried to repeat this same exercise today with a new XML file, we found that the URL of both the old and the new file is a truncation of the URL we used in July: https://googledrive.com/host/0By9lQUVEpNaiUEVmVX. We double clicked this URL and successfully used the URL that appeared: https://fe5f3770ba32de3297efdb8c8f24f301bed8b927.googledrive.com/host/0By9lQUVEpNaiUEVmVXVLb2VCY2M/GMaps20140920.xml.

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