How to Share Maps Using the Share Charm in Windows Store Apps

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Depending on the type of application you are creating, you may find it useful to be able to share a map with someone. Whether it’s a map of a single location or a map with a route on it, this can easily be accomplished in a Windows Store app. In this blog post we are going to take a look at two different ways you can share a map in…

Geocoding a SharePoint List Item

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Bing Maps is often integrated into SharePoint sites to display different types of information, from the location of customers to advance business intelligence information. A common task that needs to be carried out at some point is geocoding the location data so it can be displayed on a map. I’ve seen many different implementations, some good and others not so much. Whenever possible you should try and geocode the data…

Bing Maps REST Service Tips & Tricks

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I’ve been a big fan of the Bing Maps REST services since they were first released several years ago and highly recommend trying them out if you haven’t already. The REST services are much newer than the SOAP services, have more features, are faster and can be consumed by non .NET languages with greater ease. If you have the Bing Maps REST services return JSON the response size of a…

3D Elevation Models with Bing Maps WPF

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With the release of the Bing Maps REST Elevations service I started looking into cool and interesting things that can be done with the service. While doing some searching around, I stumbled across an interesting blog post titled Examining 3D Terrain of Bing Maps Tiles with SQL Server 2008 and WPF by one of our Bing Maps MVP’s which inspired me to see if I could make something similar using…

New to REST Services: Elevations API

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We are happy to announce the release of Elevations API as the latest addition to the Bing Maps REST Services offerings. The Elevations API will enable you to query for elevation information for a set of points, polyline or a region on the Earth described by latitude and longitude pairs. Here are some example use cases for this API. Let’s say you have a sports GPS tracking device that tracks…

New ‘Via’ Waypoints feature added to the REST Services Routes API

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The Bing Maps team has added a new feature to the Bing Maps REST Services Routes API called “via” waypoints. This feature already exists on the Bing Maps consumer site (http://www.bing.com/maps ) as the ability to drag-and-drop a route to create one or more “via” waypoints. We are excited to expose it to developers using the Bing Maps REST Services API. The first question that might come to mind is…

Bing Maps Updates

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Today we are announcing the release of several updates and new features in the Bing Maps REST web services and the Bing Spatial Data Service. Bing Maps REST Web Services New features are available for the Locations and the Imagery service. Most notably are: Additional Properties in the Geocoding Results Previously the geocoder returned a set of properties that included the coordinates, address and certain flags to indicate the confidence…

New Features for Bing Maps REST Services

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A couple of weeks ago we announced Bing Maps is going mobile as the default map control on Windows Phone 7. Today it’s my turn to follow up with news of more goodness from Bing – new routing and geocoding features for Bing Maps REST Services – your choice when developing for mobile or when you’re looking for simplicity and speed on the web. Bing Maps REST Services include: *Show…