MapQuest is Retiring its JavaScript Maps API

MapQuest has announced that the MapQuest JavaScript Maps API, both Licensed and Open, will be retired on June 5, 2018. The API is being replaced by the recently released MapQuest.js, a JavaScript Library that is a successor to the company’s Leaflet Plugins, and can be used by developers to integrate geocoding, directions, and other MapQuest web services with applications. The company has published a guide for migrating from the deprecated JavaScript API to the new JavaScript library, and there are paid migration packages also available.

Migrating to a new API can be a very difficult and time-consuming task. Many companies, like MapQuest, have an API deprecation policy in place to make it easier on developers when APIs are to be shuttered. Most deprecation policies allow developers plenty of time to migrate to a new API. In this case, developers have almost a year to move from the MapQuest JavaScript Maps API to MapQuest.js.

The new MapQuest.js JavaScript library is built on top of Leaflet, the popular open-source JavaScript library for building interactive maps. With just a few lines of code, developers can add MapQuest services such as maps, traffic, and search to web and mobile applications.

For more information about MapQuest web services and the new MapQuest.js, visit

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