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  • Blog Post: Additional Virtual Earth Blog

    Johannes Kebeck is a Technology Specialist on the Virtual Earth Sales Team. Besides being an all around studd, he now has a very developer-focused blog about building applications with Virtual Earth. Johannes has been helping our enterprise customers build out custom applications using MapPoint 200x...
  • Blog Post: Geocoding with the Virtual Earth Web Service

    For those of you who may want to get access to the 85 million unique rooftop or parcel centroid accurate points we've aggregated in the Virtual Earth Web Service (VEWS), I figured it was only fair that I post a little something to help move you along. Hopefully, this helps you get past a sticking point...
  • Blog Post: v2 Change: onMouseClick -> onclick

    We will be posting a number of resources here and on MSDN to assist with migration ot the v2 Virtual Earth controls. This post is the first of a number we have planned highlighting notable changes in the control and providing guidance on updating code. One minor change to make note of when migrating...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and XNA Game Development

    Here’s some sickness. I’m sure the first time you saw Microsoft Virtual Earth you were thinking, “Wow, is this going to integrate with Microsoft Flight Simulator ?” Then, if you’ve ever seen me or one of my colleagues demonstrate Virtual Earth 3D you’ve probably seen us show off our Xbox controller support...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps Platform Web Cast - Fall 2009, Release

    I'm putting together a web cast focused on the latest features of the Bing Maps Platform scheduled for Thursday December 10, 2009 @ 10AM PST. And, this time it's Level 200 so I get to show code! If you're already familiar with the Bing Maps Silverlight Control you may still want to tune in. I may surprise...
  • Blog Post: Adjusting AJAX Pushpin Anchors

    I haven’t written a code-based blog post in a while, so it was time. I had a question recently about anchoring pins to a specific part of the pin image, so I had to chase this beast down. In the original VEPushpin Class (now deprecated) the Bing Maps AJAX API allowed for relative specification...
  • Blog Post: ESRI International User Conference 2008

    Awwwwe yeah, I'm coming home San Diego! I love a free trip home. Microsoft Virtual Earth will have a significant presence at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego August 4 - 8, 2008. We've had some strategic announcements with ESRI this year and with the integration of Virtual Earth and...
  • Blog Post: Overlaying Parcel Boundaries on Bing Maps

    In coordination with Digital Map Products (DMP), developers can now easily overlay over 100 million US parcels to more easily identify boundaries between properties. Using a simple, native method in Bing Maps and DMP’s ParcelStream API with just 7 lines of code (yes, SEVEN) you can tap into this wonderful...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Version 5 SDK in Japanese

    Since we have Virtual Earth localized in Japanese and have good imagery and street data in Japan, we figured maybe it would be a good idea to convert the Virtual Earth SDK to Japanese too for developers who prefer the local script. Using the localized version of the Virtual Earth map control is pretty...
  • Blog Post: Routing in Virtual Earth Web Service

    I’ve been working on this one for a while and it kind of completes the basics for getting started with the Virtual Earth Web Service . The Routing Service in VEWS allows for route calculation and itinerary creation.  The following will get you started using the routing service. In this sample I...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with Bing Maps Windows Store Apps (Native)

    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 SDK for Windows Store Apps. When developing with the Bing...
  • Blog Post: Deep Earth Released Into the Wild

    The open source project dubbed Deep Earth has been officially released . The project puts Microsoft Virtual Earth in a Silverlight UX allowing for incredible visual and scalable geospatial data visualization. DeepEarth is a mapping control powered by the combination of Microsoft’s Silverlight 2.0 platform...
  • Blog Post: Walking Directions Sample in VE 6.1

    I love the big city. I spend a fair amount of time in downtown areas like New York, Seattle and San Francisco, so something like walking directions is a very valuable feature for me. I spend a lot of time in LA too, but who walks in LA?? You remember the MIssing Persons song, Walking in LA , "Nobody...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Microsoft Virtual Earth ASP .Net Server Control

    Don't like JavaScript? You want your managed code with the new wave of AJAX maps? Well, the long awaited Virtual Earth ASP .Net Server Control is now available for download as a part of the Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio . Here are some of the features and benefits of the control: Toolbox...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper

    Creating Microsoft Virtual Earth mashups and applications just got a whole lot easier. A group of 11 developers in the Code Plex community teamed up and in just 4 days produced a JavaScript library that generates Intellisense for the Microsoft Virtual Earth 6.0 AJAX library . This new library is being...
  • Blog Post: ESRI ArcGIS JavaScript Extension for Virtual Earth

    ESRI just publicly released their a new version of their ArcGIS JavaScript Extension...using Virtual Earth . Now, you can leverage the powerful analytics and computational GIS models in ESRI ArcGIS Server and visualize this information on Microsoft Virtual Earth . " The ArcGIS JavaScript™...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control Sample Code

    As mentioned previously, I want to ensure the community has lots of code samples for the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control. Well, apparently I wasn’t alone. Many folks have sent me their code samples and links to blogs, so I’ll go ahead and consolidate a few of them here: Johannes Kebeck (Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Getting Addresses Using Aerial Photos

    I wrote a little mashup for Where 2.0 that shows some functionality I've always wanted and was just too lazy...I mean busy! to get it done. The idea is that if I ever wanted to know what the lat/lon of a specific location on a map is (since I write a few geo-apps) all I wanted to do was click on the...
  • Blog Post: Developing Virtual Earth with Java

    Last October we released a version of Virtual Earth which included the ability to track and report on transactions (Version 6). While the Virtual Earth interface has thus far been AJAX, we introduced a component that required a non-scripting language such as .Net or Java. And, while we provided an article...
  • Blog Post: Adding Mapping Capabilities to your Applications with Microsoft Virtual Earth and ASP.NET AJAX (Video)

    Marc Schweigert , is at it again. Check out his 2 latest videos showing you how to add Virtual Earth to your ASP .Net JAX applications . The video is a code walkthrough showing first, an overview of Microsoft Virtual Earth's JavaScript model, next integration points for ASP .Net AJAX and Windows Communication...
  • Blog Post: Toggling 3D Weather in the Virtual Earth AJAX Control

    I had a few inquiries as to how one could programmatically turn weather off in the Virtual Earth AJAX Control. Didn’t know there was weather? Yes, turn on 3D by clicking the “3D” button on your favorite Virtual Earth web site (such as Live Search Maps ). Once you get down to a particular...
  • Blog Post: Geocoding with Virtual Earth

    I've received a few inquiries about how to geocode with Virtual Earth. I thought this was pretty straight forward, but after hearing some feedback I figured it made sense to document this a bit further than the SDK does. First off, you should always pre-geocode and store locations that show up on the...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth SDK Version 5 Now Live!

    The SDK for Version 5 is now live and available for online browsing or download . Start taking advantage of the following new features: A completely new, advanced set of features for Pushpins, Polylines and Polygons Support for Popup Info Boxes with a custom look and feel A way to group shapes...
  • Blog Post: Change Virtual Earth Background Color

    I recently got pinged about how to change the background color of the DIV element for a Virtual Earth map. Virtual Earth's CSS elements aren't documented (at least not officially), so perhaps this helps those who need/want this changed. So, the typical scenario for loading a map is to call LoadMap()...
  • Blog Post: Handling Geocoding Error Screens in Virtual Earth

    In the Virtual Earth AJAX control, there are certain screens that are somewhat hard to capture and control. We pride ourselves on the level of control we give our users, so here’s a little tidbit to hopefully help you retain what hair is left atop your head. I posted an entry a while back called Geocoding...