Localizing Custom Mapping Data With Bing Translator

The Bing Maps for Enterprise platform offers extensive localization capabilities for map navigation, map labels, directions, and geocoding results in the AJAX v7 map control, Windows Store map control, and REST Services. Typically, you will also have your own custom data that you will be displaying within your mapping application. In this post, we will show how you can use another of the Bing Developer Services – the Bing Translator Control...
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Heat Maps in Windows Store Apps (JavaScript)

Heat maps are an effective means of visualizing geography-based trends by showing the relative density of location-based data. We can see where we have ‘hot spots’ in our data, and use this insight to drive better decisions for application users. In this blog post, we will show how you can visualize location data in the form of a heat map within Windows Store apps, pulling in both public points-of-interest data sources available within...
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Cross Platform Development with Bing Maps and PhoneGap

Bing Maps provides a variety of APIs and controls. One of which is the Bing Maps AJAX Control that was originally designed to provide interactive maps for the web, but meanwhile also powers the WinJS control in the Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store apps. The Bing Maps AJAX control has a slim core to speed up the initial load of a website, is optimized for performance using HTML5 technologies and implements a modular concept that allows the loading...
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How to Share Maps Using the Share Charm in Windows Store Apps

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 a Windows Store app. Sharing things is easy in Windows Store apps when using the Share charm. We can easily specify...
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Augmented Reality with Bing Maps in a Windows Store App

In this blog post we are going to take a look at augmented reality apps and how to create them as Windows Store apps. When many people hear the words “augmented reality” the first thought that comes to mind is the large helmet type video games that never really took off in the 90’s. This was largely due to the high costs and bulky hardware that was required. This is also a bit inaccurate, as these video games were actually &ldquo...
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Traffic Notifications with Bing Maps & Windows Azure Mobile Services

Windows Azure Mobile Services is a great set of services which provide a cloud backend for your mobile applications. It provides native SDKs for Windows Store apps, Windows Phone, iOS and Android as well as HTML5. Those SDKs support amongst many other things push notifications, authentication via Microsoft, Facebook, Google or Twitter accounts as well as schedulers combined with the on-demand scaling that you expect from a cloud platform. Getting...
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How To Load Spatial Data From SQLite In A Windows Store App

Sometimes it can be helpful to hold geospatial data locally and to distribute it with the application. In this example, we will use SQLite to store geospatial information and visualize it as a layer in the Bing Maps Control for Windows Store Apps. SQLite is a software library that implements a self-contained, server-less, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine. Preparing the Data For this example we will be using trails which we...
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Geocoding and Routing in Bing Maps Windows Store Apps (JavaScript)

In this blog post we are going to look at how implement Geocoding and Routing using the Bing Maps Windows Store App JavaScript SDK. If you are new to JavaScript development with the Bing Maps Windows Store App SDK I recommend reading the Getting started with Bing Maps Windows Store Apps blog post first. We will also be making use of Bing Maps Modules. If you are unfamiliar with modules, I recommend reading the blog post: Modules in Bing Maps...
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Bing Maps for Windows Store Apps Training Kit

Bing Maps for Windows Store apps combine the power of Windows 8 and Bing Maps to provide an enhanced mapping experience for Windows Store apps. Developers can use this Bing Maps control to incorporate the latest road maps, aerial views, and low-angle high-resolution images into a Windows Store app. Today we are happy to announce the release of the Bing Maps for Windows Store Apps Training Kit. This training kit is made up of a PowerPoint slide...
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Geocoding and Routing in Bing Maps Windows Store Apps (Native)

In this blog post we are going to look at how implement Geocoding and Routing using the Native Bing Maps Windows Store App SDK. If you are new to developing with the Native Bing Maps Windows Store App SDK I recommend reading the Getting started with Bing Maps Windows Store Apps blog post first. We will also be making use of the Bing Maps REST Services, if you are unfamiliar with using this in native code take a look at this MSDN documentation on...
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