Retrieving Boundaries from the Bing Spatial Data Services (Preview)

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, you can also query POI from our public data...
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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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Geocoding With the Search Charm

In this blog post we are going to create a simple mapping application that allows the user to search for locations using the Search charm. To do this, there are three main tasks that have to be done: Create a basic mapping app Integrate with the Search Charm Add geocoding logic to the Search Charm By making use of the Search charm, users can search within your app from anywhere in their system. The full source code in C# and VB for this...
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Automating the Windows Map App

Windows allows a Windows Store application to register as the default handler for a certain URI schema. This process is called Protocol Activation and it can be leveraged in the WinRT as well as the WinJS framework. The Windows Map app is registered for protocol activation and the URI schema is documented here. Through protocol activation you can control the map view, find places or business listings, calculate routes or even map entire...
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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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Geocoding Dynamics CRM Data with Bing Maps

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 the...
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Overview of Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store apps in just one minute

Check out the new One dev minute video and tutorial that takes you through all the steps you need to display your location on a map in a C# Windows Store app using the Bing Maps for Windows Store apps SDK. Simple clear instructions take you from signing up for a Trial or Basic Windows Store app Bing Maps key [also see http://www.microsoft.com/maps for more details about key types] to creating the project and adding the map – it...
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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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Modules in Bing Maps for Windows Store Apps (JavaScript)

The Bing Maps V7 AJAX control is designed as a modular framework and the Bing Maps for Windows Store App JavaScript control follows the same design. Modules allow users to load only the features and functionalities they need, rather than loading everything up when the application starts. You can save yourself a lot of development time by using modules and avoid reinventing the wheel. Out of the box, Bing Maps provides the following modules...
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