Beta Mapping

Developing with Virtual Earth

Now that the hype has died down on Virtual Earth it is interesting to see what developers are doing with the product even though it doesn’t expose any kind of developer API. The best place to start is at Dr Neil’s site Via Virtual Earth. There are a few articles here showing how to pull maps from virtual earth onto your own website. To a user outside the US the mapping detail available is a bit lacking, you get quite a selection of place names, but no roads and satellite imagery only at a very high level.

Hopefully the technologies demonstrated in Virtual Earth will permeate through to the Mappoint Web Service, as the dynamic pan and zoom, imagery and pushpin labels are quite impressive.

By Peter Foot

Microsoft Windows Development MVP