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How to find the distance between two ZIP codes using Google API?

Often times, enterprises require quantifiers that indicate service reach and measure willingness to travel. This is especially true of fulfillment centers and service outlets. Distance measurements drawn from Google’s API serve as good initial impressions for measuring such potential.   

Further, this facilitates crucial one-views before assigning resources to investigate demographic heatmaps and prospects. It constitutes the very first step that spawns delivery charge policy and appointment of the delivery staff, as well as supports helpdesk decision making.

So in the sections that follow, we’ve included setup procedure, code snippets, and a live demo for you to review the API in action through a minimal interface.

Steps involved in the overall Setup:

  • Develop Apex Classes
  • Develop Lightning Component

API SETUP:

  • We need to have Google Developer account where we will be creating a Project.
  • We need to have Places API enabled.
  • The API documentation to setup the API on Google is – API documentation.

For Live Demo Click Here

Step 1- Create Apex Wrapper Class

Step 2- Create an Apex Class Controller:

Step 3 – Create Lightning Component

Step 4 – JS Controller

Step 5- lightning App

Conclusion:

Above is the implementation of a minimal Lightning Component that lets us find the distance between two zip codes through a Google API. We have used wrapper classes to send data to Google’s API. 

For any assistance or queries concerning Lightning Experience readiness, feel free to reach out to us at sales@hicglobalsolutions.com.

Also, to find out how to use the lightning:map component to display a map of one or more locations using Google Maps with external JS, read up on this article.

About the Author



Piyush Singhal

Co-Founder, Director | HIC Global Soutions | Salesforce Consultant | AppExchange Strategist

An outcome-oriented technology leader with a global outlook, Piyush has over 8 years of experience in Project Execution, SDLC Planning, Salesforce, CRM, Salesforce Mobile, and Force.com. Piyush, a seasoned

Salesforce professional, started HIC Global Solutions in 2015 after filling senior development positions at front-running company names in the Salesforce development industry. He looks forward to challenging Salesforce development tasks, delivering novel apps for AppExchange listings, and forging global partnerships through working with the passionate people.


About the Author



Piyush Singhal

Co-Founder, Director | HIC Global Soutions | Salesforce Consultant | AppExchange Strategist

An outcome-oriented technology leader with a global outlook, Piyush has over 8 years of experience in Project Execution, SDLC Planning, Salesforce, CRM, Salesforce Mobile, and Force.com. Piyush, a

seasoned Salesforce professional, started HIC Global Solutions in 2015 after filling senior development positions at front-running company names in the Salesforce development industry. He looks forward to challenging Salesforce development tasks, delivering novel apps for AppExchange listings, and forging global partnerships through working with the passionate people.