New and improved maps

Posted: November 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Bug Fix, Site Update | No Comments »

Hey Everybody,

Over the past week we’ve been hard at work at upgrading the maps software we use on the site.  You might not notice much of a difference, but there are many reasons why it made sense to switch to the latest version of Google’s mapping service:

  • Street view is included without any work on our end!  Woooohoooo!
  • Using the site will be much easier from a mobile device (mobile phones and tablet computers).
  • There were addresses that we weren’t able to put on a map.  It wasn’t Google’s fault, it was our fault.  Using the latest version has made it much easier to figure out where the heck an address is.
  • It’s the currently supported version – it isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon

We hope you enjoy the new map – let us know if you experience any issues or problems.



PS For all of the geeks out there, we went from using V2 of the Google Maps API to V3.  We had been dreading doing the upgrade, but it was a pleasure.  If you haven’t migrated yet, we encourage you to do it.  It made our code smaller, easier to read, and had less errors.

Bug fixes and Facebook integration

Posted: October 31st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Bug Fix, Site Update | No Comments »

Yesterday we pushed out a couple of small bug fixes:

  • When filling out a review, the first rating was impossible to click in Chrome on Windows.
  • When filling out a review, the system would allow an invalid address.
  • Addresses without a review were showing up on the map display.

We added a Facebook like button to each of the pages for buildings, so that users can like the apartments in which they have lived or visited.  We have big plans for this in the future, especially for those that think an apartment is great but haven’t lived there.

We have more great features coming, so stay tuned!