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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Accessing the Bing Maps REST services from various JavaScript frameworks

Accessing the Bing Maps REST services from various JavaScript frameworks

On the Bing Maps forums I often come across developers who have difficulty accessing the Bing Maps REST services using different JavaScript frameworks such as jQuery and AngularJS. One common point of confusion is that passing in a REST service request URL into the address bar of a browser works, but passing that same URL into an AJAX method in JavaScript doesn’t. AJAX allows web pages to be updated asynchronously by exchanging small amounts...
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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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Geocoding a SharePoint List Item

Bing Maps is often integrated into SharePoint sites to display different types of information, from the location of customers to advance business intelligence information. A common task that needs to be carried out at some point is geocoding the location data so it can be displayed on a map. I’ve seen many different implementations, some good and others not so much. Whenever possible you should try and geocode the data ahead of time and...
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Bing Maps REST Service Tips & Tricks

I’ve been a big fan of the Bing Maps REST services since they were first released several years ago and highly recommend trying them out if you haven’t already. The REST services are much newer than the SOAP services, have more features, are faster and can be consumed by non .NET languages with greater ease. If you have the Bing Maps REST services return JSON the response size of a request is significantly smaller than the response...
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3D Elevation Models with Bing Maps WPF

With the release of the Bing Maps REST Elevations service I started looking into cool and interesting things that can be done with the service. While doing some searching around, I stumbled across an interesting blog post titled Examining 3D Terrain of Bing Maps Tiles with SQL Server 2008 and WPF by one of our Bing Maps MVP’s which inspired me to see if I could make something similar using this new Elevations service. So with that, I’...
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New to REST Services: Elevations API

We are happy to announce the release of Elevations API as the latest addition to the Bing Maps REST Services offerings. The Elevations API will enable you to query for elevation information for a set of points, polyline or a region on the Earth described by latitude and longitude pairs. Here are some example use cases for this API. Let’s say you have a sports GPS tracking device that tracks your distance, speed and elevation while you are...
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New ‘Via’ Waypoints feature added to the REST Services Routes API

The Bing Maps team has added a new feature to the Bing Maps REST Services Routes API called “via” waypoints. This feature already exists on the Bing Maps consumer site (http://www.bing.com/maps ) as the ability to drag-and-drop a route to create one or more “via” waypoints. We are excited to expose it to developers using the Bing Maps REST Services API. The first question that might come to mind is “If there is a new ...
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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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Updates to Bing Maps: REST API, AJAX Control v7, and Account Center

Today we are announcing the release of several updates and new features in the Bing Maps REST web service, Bing Maps AJAX Control version 7, and the Bing Maps Account Center. Bing Maps REST Web Services  Support for Multiple Image Formats Previously a request for static images through the Imagery-API would have always returned results in the PNG-format. With the new release you have now the choice between PNG, JPG and GIF. While PNG...
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