Google has updated its Google Qualified Developer program, this time
In 2009, Google launched its Google Qualified JS Maps Developer
Program to enlist developers to qualify for inclusion in the company's
directory of certified developers. However, with the recent release of
program to "help interested parties contract with you for their geo
development projects," said Shannon Madison
in a post on behalf of Google's Developer Qualification team.
"The Google Qualified Developer program uses a version release and
points threshold strategy rather than setting an absolute term on
earned qualifications. Instead of picking an arbitrary duration such as
one year, developers have the opportunity to continuously earn points
towards their qualification by resubmitting assignments and assisting
with exam updates and testing."
Google Maps in your own Web pages. Version 3 of this API is especially
designed to be faster and more applicable to mobile devices, as well as
traditional desktop browser applications."
"provides a number of utilities for manipulating maps (just like on the
http://maps.google.com Web page) and adding content to the map through
a variety of services, allowing you to create robust maps applications
on your Website."
Meanwhile, current JS Maps API developers earned a minimum of 3,000
out of a possible 5,000 points in order to become qualified. To earn
these points, they submitted practical evidence of their programming
capabilities by writing applications, demonstrated their commitment to
the developer community, supplied professional references and passed
the JS Maps API Exam.
"Now that JS Maps V3 has been released, the developers who did not
participate in early testing have been notified of potential points
expiration," Madison said. "Developers will have 30 days to take the
new V3 exam, and submit new applications using the V3 API."
Madison said developers must maintain a minimum number of points to
remain qualified within the program. Points are awarded for examples of
development work, community participation, professional references and
scores on examinations.
Moreover, the Developer Qualification program provides a mechanism
by which Google can evaluate and promote the best developers in the
community, but does not provide training in preparation for
qualification, Madison said. With the success of the program there
exists a business opportunity for third-party training vendors to
develop and deliver this training.