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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Viewing Census Data on Bing Maps

Every ten years the US Bureau of the Census counts the people in the US and collects a number of other household metrics. The last census was compiled in 2010 and the Census Bureau sent hundreds of thousands of people door to door to count the population. The Census Bureau makes this data available but to ensure the privacy of individuals it groups this data into census blocks. Census data can be extremely useful in business. Being able to...
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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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ESRI Shapefiles and Bing Maps

ESRI Shapefiles are a popular file format for storing geospatial data. The format was created by ESRI, one of the largest GIS companies in the world and a Microsoft Partner. The shapefile format has been around for a while and as such, there are a lot of datasets available online in this format. Additionally, this binary file format is much more efficient than XML file formats. This blog post will show some of the different ways that shapefiles...
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Bing Maps V7 AJAX Highlights

The Bing Maps V7 AJAX control was originally released in November 2010 and has since received a number of features and updates. Let’s run through the highlights. Redesigned from the ground up The map control itself has gone through a complete redesign from the ground up. The predecessor to this map control (V6.3) was over 250KB in size when compressed whereas the V7 control is only 35KB when compressed. How is that you ask? The answer is...
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How to: the Bing Get Me There App for iOS

The Bing team just recently released the Bing Get Me There App for iOS following the apps original release for the Windows Phone. Bing Get Me There is a London (UK) travel app that gets people from A to B with true door-to-door directions using Bing maps and live tube updates as well as Bus, Docklands Light Rail (DLR) and Overground data, to ensure that people get the best route. Here are a couple screen shots of the application. Now, the...
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Two New Data Modules for Bing Maps V7

By Ricky Brundritt, EMEA Bing Maps Technology Solution Professional In September of 2011 we started the Bing Maps v7 Module CodePlex Project. The purpose of this project is to create a centralized location where developers could find and share useful modules that expand the functionality of the Bing Maps V7 API. Since the start of the project, we’ve had 15 modules submitted. Today, I would like to highlight the two newest modules added to...
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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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Three New Bing Maps V7 Modules

By Ricky Brundritt, EMEA Bing Maps Technology Solution Professional In September of 2011 we started the Bing Maps v7 Module CodePlex Project. The purpose of this project was to create a centralized location where developers could find and share useful modules that expand the functionality of the Bing Maps V7 API. Since the start of the project, we’ve had 12 modules submitted and a handful of new modules currently in development. It’s...
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Bing Maps Reporting Tips

By Ricky Brundritt, EMEA Bing Maps Technology Solution Professional In addition to Bing Maps great API’s, there are some helpful reporting tools available to anyone who has a Bing Maps account: Developer or Enterprise. These help you get insight as to how people are using your map applications, and to also keep track of your Bing Maps usage so that it does not exceed your allowed transactions. For example, according to the Bing Maps Terms of...
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