Complex Polygons in Bing Maps

In Bing Maps we can easily create simple polygons. Simple polygons consist of a single exterior ring of coordinates. However, in more advance applications it is useful to be able to draw more complex polygons. Take for instance the borders of Lesotho, which is a land locked country within the main exterior borders of South…

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Clustering Pushpins in Windows Store Apps

Clustering of pushpins in Bing Maps consists of grouping together nearby locations into clusters. As the user zooms in, the clusters break apart to reveal the individual locations. The goal of this process is to reduce the number of pushpins that are displayed on the map at any given time. This results in better performance…

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Draggable Pushpins in Bing Maps (.NET)

When building a Bing Maps application, you may want to give the user the ability to drag a pushpin. In the JavaScript version of Bing Maps this can be done by setting the draggable property of a pushpin to true, but the Pushpin class in the .NET version does not have this property, so what…

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Advance Spatial Queries using Entity Framework 5

Recently we published a blog post titled “How to Create a Spatial Web Service That Connects a Database to Bing Maps Using EF5.” This post showed how to create a web service that connected Bing Maps to a database using the spatial functionality in Entity Framework 5 (EF5). In that example we only implemented a…

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How to Create a Spatial Web Service That Connects a Database to Bing Maps Using EF5

Entity Framework is a quick and easy way to connect a database to your application. It provides a set of tools that allow you to auto generate your classes for your database tables. Also, it provides you with easy-to-use functionality for connecting and querying your data using LINQ. When Entity Framework was originally released, it…

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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…

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Augmented Reality with Bing Maps in a Windows Store App

Update: See chapter 9 of my free ebook on creating Location Intelligent Windows Store apps for an example of creating a simple augmented reality app from the ground up without the use of any additional libraries. In this blog post we are going to take a look at augmented reality apps and how to create them…

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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…

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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…

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Bing Maps for Travel

Bing Maps has been an integral component for many travel companies across the globe. Whether it be used for searching for holidays or for agents to help in booking your next trip, Bing Maps has been seen as the platform of choice. Our focus in providing solutions to our customers at an enterprise level and…

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