First, on an administrative note – school is out for the next month or so. I have several programming projects queued up and expect to get back to a regular blogging schedule.
Coincidentally, two programming projects have the need for some basic mapping functionality. So I decided to look and see: “Just how complicated is it to add a Google or Bing map to my site?”.
I found this page:
Developing a .NET Application Using Bing Maps SOAP Services
I followed the directions and it took me about 7.5 minutes to get an address-specific map to show up on a sample web page. Pretty cool!
In short, here’s what you need:
- Go to Bing Maps Portal (https://www.bingmapsportal.com/) and create a new license key
- Create a web service proxy for the 4 Bing services (Geocode, Search, Imagery, and Route)
- Fill out some basic information and make the web service call.
Very simple and easy to use!