If you’re really looking to jumpstart your Bing Maps development you’re going to want to check out the new web application toolkit. The toolkit provides sample ASP .NET code for common scenarios such as pushpins on the Bing Maps Silverlight Control and creating a store locator. Read on the info I scraped from the site.
Web Application Toolkits help ASP.NET web developers quickly complete common tasks. Each Web Application Toolkit download contains reusable assets – e.g. controls, class libraries, endpoints etc. and a sample application that shows how to use them. Earlier this year we launched 7 Web App Toolkits; IE8 Extensibility, Bing Search, REST Services, Mobile Web Applications, Template-driven Email, Social Web Apps, FAQs. We received a great response from the community and had plenty of suggestions for new toolkits! Over the past couple of months we’ve been busy in the lab creating three new Web Application Toolkits and are excited to launch them today!
A common scenario for Web developers is to provide location based information rendered on an interactive map. For example, showing the location of an office or a store location. The Bing Maps SDKs including the Bing Maps Controls enables developers to incorporate both location and enhanced mapping features into their Web applications.
While creating location-integrated Web applications, developers often want the ability to customize the experience based on Web site branding to make push pins and other map features fit the look and feel of the Web site. This Web Application Toolkit provides reusable assets that tie together location based data from SQL Server 2008 to a Silverlight Web application by using the new rich Silverlight Bing Maps control, combining the power of Silverlight and Bing Maps.
In this Web Application Toolkit you will find a set of reusable custom controls built in Silverlight, which integrated with the Bing Maps Silverlight Control, make a perfect fit for some of the most common location-aware scenarios. With this Toolkit, you will also find a sample Silverlight application showing how to use those controls when implementing a “store locator” scenario on a Web site.
Download it now and get crackin’!
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