Learning Bing Maps API


Learning Bing Maps API
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  • Display address information for any point on the map through the location-based REST services API
  • Embed a map on a web page with a custom theme
  • Geocode with Spatial Data APIs and display the information on the map

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 116 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : November 2013
ISBN : 1783550376
ISBN 13 : 9781783550371
Author(s) : Artan Sinani
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Web Development

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Introduction to Bing Maps AJAX Control Version 7
Chapter 2: Diving into Bing Maps AJAX Control Version 7
Chapter 3: Introduction to Bing Maps REST Services
Chapter 4: Diving into Bing Maps REST Services
Chapter 5: Spatial Data Services
Chapter 6: Diving into Spatial Data Services
Chapter 7: Enriching Bing Maps with Overlaying User Data
Index

                Artan Sinani

                Artan Sinani is a Web Developer living between London and a small town in the north-west of Spain. Currently, he works as a Senior Developer at Local Data Company, where he uses his passion for good design and clean programming to build beautiful interfaces, including geospatial data visualizations. He hacks open source code at github.com/artisinani and blogs at lugolabs.com.
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                What you will learn from this book

                • Place a map on a page and customize its look and feel
                • Perform a query using the coordinates of a point on a map
                • Display a shape, polyline, pin, or infobox when users click on the map
                • Query for route information between two or more points and show it on the map
                • Parse the response to the API requests in JSON and XML formats
                • Set up and monitor jobs for address geocoding, as well as parsing the response when the job is complete
                • Fetch geographical information in the form of polygon strings for different levels of administrative areas, from postcodes to regions or countries
                • Display user data on the map, such as electoral results, over a period of time

                In Detail

                Provided as a part of Microsoft's Bing suite of search engines, Bing Maps is a web mapping service powered by the Bing Maps for Enterprise framework. The need for geospatial data has increased dramatically in the last few years. Adding a mapping context to any location-based data is becoming more and more common, and businesses are embracing it to improve their user experience with new data richness.

                Comprising of simple, follow-along examples, Learning Bing Maps API will show you how to use the many features of Bing Maps, from dropping a simple map on a web page, to fetching geospatial data from the Microsoft servers. Through the course of this book you will build a solid foundation for creating your own geo-applications.

                Following the hands-on recipes of this book, you will build a different web app in each chapter as you communicate with different APIs provided by Bing Maps. You will build your own library of JavaScript modules that talk to the Microsoft Maps API.

                You will create a custom theme for the map, with your own controls. Taking advantage of the global reach of Bing Maps, you will learn how to build a route scheduler for a delivery company in Madrid, Spain, and then you will discover how to create jobs on the Bing Maps servers for geocoding addresses in California, USA.

                By the end of the book you will have learned everything you need to know to embed a map on a web page, with your own geo-data, or data obtained by the Bing Map Services.

                Approach

                This is a practical, hands-on guide with illustrative examples, which will help you explore the vast universe of Bing maps.

                Who this book is for

                If you are a developer who wants to learn how to exploit the numerous features of Bing Maps then this book is ideal for you. It can also be useful for more experienced developers who wish to explore other areas of the APIs. It is assumed that you have some knowledge of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. For some chapters a working knowledge of .Net and Visual Studio is also needed.

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