Bing Maps Platform in Flash/Flex/ActionScript

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So, you’re stuck using ActionScript in Flex so you can produce Flash applications. You’re all excited about the Bing Maps Silverlight Control, but are getting some directive that requires you to use Flash; but, man, you really love Bing Maps. No problemo. The Bing Maps Platform team has partnered with AFComponents (AFC) to provide a Flash-based interface for building robust map applications. AFC has created a very robust SDK for…

Web Cast: Building Location-based Applications with Bing Maps for NAVTEQ’s LBS Challenge

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Planning on entering NAVTEQ’s LBS Challenge? Planning on using Bing Maps? You should probably tune into my session to get the skinny on how the heck you’re going to do that. See my blog post, “Bing Maps Globally Sponsors NAVTEQ’s 2010 LBS Challenge.” Register for my web cast on the NAVTEQ’s Network for Developers Live Meeting site scheduled for next Tuesday, November 17 @ 9AM PST – write that down. I’ll get…

Bing Maps Terms of Use Changes; Benefit Educators, Not-for-Profits and Developers

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I mentioned in my “Bing Maps Silverlight Control 1.0 Released” blog post that we altered the Bing Maps terms of use and it would require a post all on its own. Well, here’s why. We’ve made a bunch of changes which makes things easier to understand, easier to use and easier to get started. The way the mapping industry grew up, depended on counting transactions. A transaction is either (a)…

Bing Maps with PHP

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  PHP – did anyone ever find out what this actually was an acronym for? “Personal Home Page” or “PHP Home Page” or something else? I actually did some PHP back when it was like version 2 and there was some HUGE security hole for hackers to take over your site. I really thought it was going to die because of JSP, so I stopped using it but I did enjoy using…

Rendering Static Virtual Earth Bird’s Eye Images

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It recently occurred to me that there is a misunderstanding within the Virtual Earth Web Service SDK that may lead you to believe that you could set the MapStyle enumeration to get a Bird’s eye image. Not the case. This is part of the method for getting tiles (not an actual map). So, via the Virtual Earth Web Service you have access to all of our tiles – road, aerial,…

Microsoft Virtual Earth on Windows Azure

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I reserved a part of my day to explore Windows Azure and how it can work with the Microsoft Virtual Earth Web Service. In my investigation I found out that what I was really interested in is The Azure Services Platform (to clarify any branding issues). In fact, "Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure…

Developing Mobile Applications with Virtual Earth Web Services

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Richard Brundritt and Robert McGovern from Infusion Development just got their "Developing a Mobile Application Using Virtual Earth Web Services" technical article published on MSDN and it’s available for your reading and plagiarizing pleasure. Excerpt: "The constraints of mobile device applications are very different than the traditional web or desktop applications. Unlike a desktop or web application, the screen real estate is very compact and the controls are limited in…

CoDe Magazine: Virtual Earth 101

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Jim Duffy of TakeNote Technologies, and Microsoft MVP, wrote an in depth article for CoDe Magazine covering Microsoft Virtual Earth from the AJAX map control to the Virtual Earth Web Service. Now, most CoDe Magazine articles require a login for paid access, but after pulling a few strings the article is now wide open – so go get it. The article, "Virtual Earth 101" is a great overview for beginners,…

Developing Virtual Earth Applications with C++

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My good friend Mark Riches from VizRT / Curious recently integrated Microsoft Virtual Earth into the Viz Curious Maps software for television production. They use Virtual Earth maps in broadcast scenarios all over the world. "Viz Curious Maps is the broadcast industry’s de facto standard for the creation of branded maps and geographic animations. By extending Viz Curious Maps to a server edition, it can provide real-time, branded map imagery…

Routing in Virtual Earth Web Service

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I’ve been working on this one for a while and it kind of completes the basics for getting started with the Virtual Earth Web Service. The Routing Service in VEWS allows for route calculation and itinerary creation.  The following will get you started using the routing service. In this sample I’ll instantiate the service request, pass the points into an array, set options for the route object, get the route…