“CP – I’m an .NET developer! Why have you done this to me? What do I do now?”
Well, it’s not the end of the world. FWIW, Chris Pietschmann from Simplovation has his Bing Maps ASP .NET control (Web.Maps.VE v2.0). You can download Web.Maps.VE trial for free. His control actually gets updated and is leveraging the latest technology from Version 6.2 of our Bing Maps AJAX Control, including accessing the Edge Caching Network. Hey, and he’ll even tell you the road map – something I can’t do without the right Microsoft lawyers okaying it.
What else – John O’Brien from Soul Solutions who wrote the original VE ASP .NET control for us, plans to take the code and post it to CodePlex. We’ll open source that bad boy and see what you community developers can add with it. Huge ups to John for owning that.
Finally, if you want a supported .NET interface from Microsoft, you can use the Bing Maps Silverlight Control which is currently in CTP. This WILL come out of CTP and become a supported version, so do not fear it will share the ASP .NET Control’s fate.
So, it’s a bit of a sad day; but, every ending also means a new beginning. And hey, maybe now’s the time to tip your toe into the Silverlight pool – the water certainly is warm.