WEBCAST RECORDING: Adding Mapping Capabilities to your Applications with Virtual Earth and ASP.NET AJAX

First, let me apologize since I promised to make this recording available almost two months ago.  I was trying to get the recording uploaded to the same Live Meeting servers as my other webcasts.  Needless to say, I had some challenges.  I decided to upload it to Silverlight Streaming.  I had to split the presentation into two files since this is a 90 minute presentation and Silverlight Streaming has file size limits.

In this presentation, I show you the fundamentals of the Virtual Earth Map Control 6.1 using JavaScript.  Then, I show how you can use ASP.NET AJAX and the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) to make building Virtual Earth solutions easier.  Finally, I show you how you can host Virtual Earth in a desktop application.

Part I:

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Click here to download Part I wmv

Part II:

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Click here to download Part II wmv

So what's the benefit of this recording?  First, it is much higher quality than the Live Meeting recording since I used Camtasia Studio.  Second, the content is updated to use the Virtual Earth Map Control 6.1 and the Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper.  Finally, since it's hosted using Silverlight Streaming, you don't have to register to view it. 

Here are some download links for the webcast:



The sample demonstrating hosting Virtual Earth in a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is old.  I have an updated sample.  Details about the updated sample are available at http://blogs.msdn.com/devkeydet/archive/2008/06/24/wpf-and-virtual-earth-revisited.aspx.  You can also watch a screencast about the updated sample at https://channel9.msdn.com/posts/keydet/Using-Virtual-Earth-in-a-WPF-Application/

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Comments (5)

  1. Marc Schweigert , is at it again. Check out his 2 latest videos showing you how to add Virtual Earth

  2. My good friend and Virtual Earth guru, Marc Schweigert has just published a great two part video on how

  3. Dean says:

    Marc, I have VS 2005 how much of this can I do without VS 2008? Is this a good justification for trying to talk my boss into upgrading VS?


  4. keydet says:


    Just about everything I show can be done programmatically inside of Visual Studio 2005 + ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 except using WCF.  The WCF features I use are part of the .NET Framework 3.5.  You need Visual Studio 2008 to target 3.5.  Additionally, the JavaScript Intellisense feature is only available in Visual Studio 2008.  Personally, I think JavaScript Intellisense alone is enough to want to upgrade.  You might want to compare for yourself by downloading an eval copy of VS2008 or using the free Visual Web Developer Express 2008.




  5. If you attended the Dev Dinner in Raleigh on Thursday, MArch 26, 2009 then here is the link to download

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