Using jQuery, JSON and Google’s Visualization Geo API Together

Was helping someone out in the jQuery IRC channel today and they were having some trouble with a JSON api that they were using. To simply put it they wanted to:

* Load a JSON file via Ajax

* Parse the results

* Pass it to <a href="" target="_blank">Google's Visualization</a> into a data table

* Create a map based on that data.

Now the example given is great, however it doesn't jive well when you want to add in a friendly library like jQuery. So here is how we fixed it:

The JSON Data in regiontop10.json

        "DisplayName": "United States",
        "Name": "US",
        "population": 307006550
        "DisplayName": "Canada",
        "Name": "CA",
        "population": 33739900
        "DisplayName": "United Kingdom",
        "Name": "GB",
        "population": 61838154
        "DisplayName": "Mexico",
        "Name": "MX",
        "population": 107431225

Then we just needed load the data from this file and create the map. Comments on how this code works are inline.

    google.load('visualization', '1', {packages: ['geomap']});

    $(function() {
    		// when document loads, grab the json
			$.getJSON('regiontop10.json', function(data) {
				// once grabbed, we run this callback

				// setup the new map and its variables
				var map = new google.visualization.DataTable();
					map.addRows(data.length);  // length gives us the number of results in our returned data
					map.addColumn('string', 'Country');
	      		map.addColumn('number', 'Population');

				// now we need to build the map data, loop over each result
				$.each(data, function(i,v) {
					// set the values for both the name and the population
					map.setValue(i, 0, v.DisplayName);
					map.setValue(i, 1, v.population);
				// finally, create the map!
				var geomap = new google.visualization.GeoMap(
		     		 geomap.draw(map, null);


And that is it! Take a look at the demo and view source for the rest of the HTML markup.

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