How to add custom auto complete functionality to your map app

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More and more developers want to add auto complete to their map applications, and for good reason. It’s convenient for users and can help make your map application a user-friendly delight. In this blog post I will show you how to use Bing Spatial Data Services to create custom auto complete functionality in your next app. Some developers have turned to using the Bing Maps geocoding services to do this,…

Retrieving Boundaries from the Bing Spatial Data Services (Preview)

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The Bing Spatial Data Services (SDS) allow you to submit large amounts of addresses for batch-geocoding as well as GPS-coordinates for reverse geocoding. You can download the results or keep them in our data centers and retrieve your points of interest (POI) within a distance of a specific location or along a route through the SDS Query API. Aside from your own POI which you can manage through the SDS,…

Data source staging, rollback and more comes to Spatial Data Services

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Bing Maps Spatial Data Services is now giving you even more options for managing and querying your data source entity data. Check out these new features.   Stage your data source before you publish. Two new data source upload operations – CompleteStaging (for overwrites or new data sources) and IncrementalStaging (for updates) – offer you the opportunity to stage and verify your data source entity data before you publish it. To…

Spatial Data Services: Job History & Data Source Options

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New job history! Have you ever wanted to check status of your geocode and data source jobs and see what jobs you’ve run recently? Bing Spatial Data Services now makes it easy to view your job history. With the new ListJobs API , you can return a list of all geocode jobs and jobs that made changes to data sources in the last 15 days for any Bing Maps Account.…

Geocoding Dynamics CRM Data with Bing Maps

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The majority of data in the enterprise today has a location component, and this includes much of the entity data in Dynamics CRM. We can leverage the location attributes of our CRM data to provide a wide variety of location-based functionality, including geospatial visualization, finding nearest service agents to jobs, optimizing routes for mobile sales people, analyzing our data in heat maps and thematic maps, and much more. One of…

Snacks for Bing Maps and SQL Server Spatial Data

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We are delighted to share the release of two Learning Snacks for Bing Maps and SQL Server Spatial Data. These Snacks are great if you are new to mapping and want to understand how these two technologies can create a stellar solution. We hope you’re hungry! Bing Maps and SQL Server Spatial Data Bing Maps – The Bing Maps Team

Optimizing Bing Maps Platform Sessions and Transactions Usage

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As many developers using the Bing Maps Platform know, some Bing Maps API calls generate billable transactions while other Bing Maps API calls don’t. The Bing Maps Platform team has documented which Bing Maps API calls are billable vs. non-billable (and when) here. As a side note, understanding and accessing your Bing Maps usage reports was previously discussed in the Bing Maps blog post here. Please refer to that blog…

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…

Dev Tip of the Week: How to search by driving time with AJAX v7, REST, and Spatial Data Services

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by Geoff Innis, Bing Maps Technical Specialist The recently released Query API within the Bing Spatial Data Services makes it easy to build applications that enable searching for locations by area, by property, and by ID. A common scenario is the ‘Locator’ application, in which end-users enter an address, and find the locations that are nearest to them. We can easily cater for this in Bing Maps by geocoding the…