I am making an HTTP request with the Google Maps API and I have to pass in parameters (adresses/coordinates):

        url : 'https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/distancematrix/json?origins=' + $("#origin").val() + '&destinations=' + $("#destinations").val() +'&mode=driving&key=AIzaSyASanevdiCI4t1h8LMf5FgWHMD52K3QeB0',
        type: 'GET',
        success : function(data){
        //My code

I was wondering if there was any better cleaner way to do this. I know string concatenation is an option, but I want to know if I have any other options. I just feel like I'm doing this wrong.


2 Answers 2


If we examine the official docs, we can conclude that what you have is standard and clean. Mostly. I'll say a few things though:

  • Instead of the success key, you could choose to use .done(), as in:

     // parameters
    .done(function( data ) {
     // success
  • To evade string concatenation, you could use a custom string formatting function. JavaScript doesn't have a string format method, so you'll have to add one in, like this one. Then you can code like this:

    var mapsURL = 'https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/distancematrix/json?origins={0}&destinations={1}&mode=driving&key=AIzaSyASanevdiCI4t1h8LMf5FgWHMD52K3QeB0';


    url: mapsURL.format($("#origin").val(), $("#destinations").val());

You may want to put your query string into the data property of your XHR request in order to clean up your request as well.

  url: "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/distancematrix/json",
  type: "GET",
  data: {
    origins: $("#origin").val(),
    destination: $("#destinations").val(),
    mode: "driving",
    key: "AIzaSyASanevdiCI4t1h8LMf5FgWHMD52K3QeB0"
  success: function(data) {

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