Create Heat Maps with Bing Maps and Dynamics CRM

The majority of data in the enterprise today has a location component, including most sales, operational, or service-related data. By visualizing our business data on a map, we can identify trends by geography, and use them to make smarter business decisions. In this blog post, we will show how you can visualize business data within Microsoft Dynamics CRM on Bing Maps in the form of a heat map, to identify hotspots of customers, leads, service...
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Getting started with Bing Maps Windows Store Apps (Native)

If you follow this blog regularly, there is a strong chance that you are familiar with Bing Maps and all the greatness it brings to the web. And, with Windows 8, you can add that same greatness directly into your applications using the Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store Apps. When developing with the Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store Apps you have the option of using JavaScript or Native code (C#, VB or C++). The Native version of the Bing Maps SDK for...
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REST Services in Bing Maps Windows Store Apps (Using JavaScript)

When using Bing Maps, you may find that you need to access a REST based web service from time to time. In Bing Maps there are many REST based services available that can be used to bring data into your app. The Bing Maps REST service provides functionalities such as Geocoding, Reverse Geocoding, Routing, Static Imagery, and Traffic Incident data. There is also the Bing Spatial Data Services that can be used to store your own location data and have...
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Getting started with Bing Maps Windows Store Apps (JavaScript)

If you follow this blog regularly, there is a strong chance that you are familiar with Bing Maps and all the greatness it brings to the web. And, with Windows 8, you can add that same greatness directly into your applications using the Bing Maps Windows Store App controls. When developing with the Bing Maps Windows Store App control, you have the option of using JavaScript or Native code (C#, VB or C++). The Bing Maps Windows Store App JavaScript...
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ESRI Shapefiles and Bing Maps WPF

In last week’s blog posts I talked about several different ways of overlaying ESRI shapefile data onto Bing Maps. In this post, I will walk through how to develop a simple application for loading a locally store shapefile onto the Bing Maps WPF control using the ESRI Shapefile Reader CodePlex project. Creating the project First, you will need to download the ESRI Shapefile Reader project. Once this completes, you can unzip and run the Visual...
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Introducing PHP and VB .NET SDKs for Bing Maps Platform

Over the years we’ve provided developers with tons of code samples, SDKs, interactive SDKs, external SDKs, etc., etc. Today, we’re adding to an already loaded artillery of Bing Maps SDKs by providing a new SDK for PHP developers who want to use our REST, SOAP and Spatial Data APIs. In addition to the PHP SDKs, we’ve added VB .NET code samples to our SOAP API documentation which had previously only been done in C#. There are 3...
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Data Connector: SQL Server 2008 Spatial & Bing Maps

For those of you who read my blog, by now I’m sure you are all too aware of SQL Server 2008’s spatial capabilities. If you’re not up to speed with the spatial data support in SQL Server 2008, I suggest you read up on it via the SQL Server site. Now, with the adoption of spatial into SQL Server 2008 there are a lot of questions around Bing Maps rendering support. Since we are one Microsoft I’m sure you heard the announcement...
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Overlaying Parcel Boundaries on Bing Maps

In coordination with Digital Map Products (DMP), developers can now easily overlay over 100 million US parcels to more easily identify boundaries between properties. Using a simple, native method in Bing Maps and DMP’s ParcelStream API with just 7 lines of code (yes, SEVEN) you can tap into this wonderful trove of parcel information. So, how is it done? Luckily, DMP even provides code samples and working applications that you can just copy...
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Bing Map App Development Resources

As part of the King of Bing Maps contest, I wanted to share some resources available to help you rise to the crown. First, download the SDK from Microsoft Connect. Bring it down into Visual Studio 2010 and ensure you have Silverlight 4 installed. Second, Ben Lemmon, Bing Maps Developer, posted a code sample on the Bing Developer Blog outlining how to create a map app illustrating where the planets in our solar system are at any given time. This...
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Adjusting AJAX Pushpin Anchors

I haven’t written a code-based blog post in a while, so it was time. I had a question recently about anchoring pins to a specific part of the pin image, so I had to chase this beast down. In the original VEPushpin Class (now deprecated) the Bing Maps AJAX API allowed for relative specification of which part of a pin image was anchored to the lat/lon (bottomleft, topright, bottomcenter, etc). The replacement APIs (VEShape) actually give you...
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