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 it. It lives on. I digress. Anyway, I know there are quite few PHP developers out there who love Bing Maps, but love their PHP. And, our Bing Maps MSDN documents don’t necessary bode well for trying to convert C# to PHP. Well, thanks to the Microsoft Interoperability Team we now have a PHP Toolkit for Bing Maps Web Service. It’s not officially supported by the product group, so don’t cry to me because it doesn’t work the way you want it to…cry to the team who made the PHP Toolkit for Bing Maps Web Service. You could also thank them for saving you days of development and most of the hair on your head.
After looking at some of the documents, the toolkit looks very solid. It’s actually quite nice to see others building out Bing Maps interfaces to support the general developer community. We could use some good Java / JSP samples…anyone? Maybe some Cocoa or Python? I had to ask.
If you’re a PHP developer wanting to develop with Bing Maps, I think I just made your day.