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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Infoboxes for Native Windows Store Apps

Recently there has been a number of requests for information on how to create infoboxes using the Bing Maps Native control. Many developers who have used our JavaScript controls are used to an infobox control being available out of the box and are a bit surprised that there isn’t one in the Native control. This wasn’t an oversight, but really not needed. With the Native control, we have the ability to overlay user controls directly on...
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