Bing Maps .NET REST Toolkit Made Open Source

Many developers use the Bing Maps REST services to perform spatial queries such as geocoding an address or calculating routes and distances. The Bing Maps REST services are nice and fast, however, using them from a .NET application used to require a decent amount of work. The Bing Maps .NET REST Toolkit aims to make it easy to use these services from your .NET application by providing a portable class library, which wraps the Bing Maps REST...
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Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services Imagery Styling Improvements Now Live!

Today, we are pleased to announce the following rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services imagery. We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed out and get darker when zoomed in at higher levels of detail. Not only do these updates improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the maps, but they also help increase the...
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Address and Location Capture in Dynamics CRM with Bing Maps

With the Polaris release of Dynamics CRM Online, Bing Maps has been integrated directly into the Process forms for Accounts, Contacts and Leads. The integration is quite basic, however; the existing address details associated with the entity are geocoded when the form is displayed, and the results are used to show a map of the location. No additional data can be overlaid in the map, feedback on the quality of the geocode match are not provided...
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The Bing Maps Forums

By Ricky Brundritt, EMEA Bing Maps Technology Solution Professional The Bing Maps MSDN forums are one of the best places to ask a question if you need help developing with Bing Maps. This forum has served us well for many years, but over time, it’s become more difficult to manage. As the number of Bing Maps API’s has grown, it has become increasingly difficult to answer questions. In many cases, someone would respond to a question with...
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Optimizing Bing Maps Platform Sessions and Transactions Usage

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 post for info on...
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Bing Maps Updates

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

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 end-user’s address...
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REST Easy; Bing Maps Has You Covered

It was just 6 months ago that the Bing Maps Platform team officially launched support for the Silverlight control. This was in addition to the Bing Maps SOAP Service (via Windows Communication Foundation) and the AJAX Control that have been in use for years now. Today, we’re announcing a REST interface into those wonderful maps, aerial images, and geocoding and routing systems for your grubby coding hands to get all dirty. And, the beauty...
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