How to create bounded tile layers in Bing Maps (JavaScript)

Tile layers are a great way to visualize a lot of data on a map and still have good performance. Depending on the type of data you are displaying as a tile layer, you may find that it is localized to a small part of the world. If this is the case then you will…

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Be smooth: Optimize Bing Maps in multipage Windows Store apps (JavaScript)

Bing Maps is the most widely used map control inside of Windows Store apps. Many simple apps consist of a single page user experience while many other consist of multiple pages. Many developers like to use Bing Maps throughout their application but have found that this results in the map control constantly being loaded/disposed as…

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How to add custom auto complete functionality to your map app

More and more developers want to add auto complete to their map applications, and for good reason. It’s convenient for users and can help make your map application a user-friendly delight. In this blog post I will show you how to use Bing Spatial Data Services to create custom auto complete functionality in your next…

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Multiple Measurement Scale Bar in WPF

I recently had some one ask me how to create a custom scale bar in the Bing Maps WPF control. The scale bars in the WPF control today let you set the unit of measurement to imperial or metric which is great if you only want one unit of measurement. However, if you are used…

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Correctly anchoring pushpins to the map

I regularly come across developers who run into issue that when they zoom the map in and out the pushpin appears to drift to and from the coordinate in which is meant to represent. The reason for this is that most of the time the information for how to offset the pushpin relative to the…

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Part 2 – Bring your maps to life: Creating animations with Bing Maps (.NET)

In a recent blog post, you saw how to use JavaScript and CSS3 to create custom animations. Now you’ll see how to create the same custom animations for a Windows Store app using .NET.  You are in luck, as all of these animations can be used with the Bing Maps WPF control as well with…

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Cleaning up Visual Studio project folders using PowerShell

Over the years I have created a lot of code samples and demo projects using Visual Studios. I keep many of these in a single folder which contains a several subfolders for organizing the code based on the technology being used. As you open, build and close Visual Studio projects a lot of additional files…

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The Art of IntelliSense: Three ways to use IntelliSense with Bing Maps APIs

Do you find that you spend more time digging through documentation trying to figure out what properties do rather than spending time building great apps? IntelliSense can help. A few weeks ago, someone asked me if there was any IntelliSense support for Bing Maps. I vaguely remembered there being an open source project that added…

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Working with invalid Geography objects in SQL Azure

I was recently helping some with a project that let the user to draw shapes on the map and upload the Well Know Text for the shape into a database. To do this they were making use of the Shape Toolbox and the Well Known Text modules for Bing Maps. Using these two modules together…

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Creating animations with Bing Maps (JavaScript)

Bing Maps is a very powerful mapping platform that is often used for creating engaging user experiences. The fluid interactive maps make for a great canvas when visualizing location based data. In this blog post we are going to take a look at how to make the user experience a little more engaging by adding…

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