Yesterday, I released the fourth update release (v1.00.04) of my Web.Maps.VE component. The main feature addition in this update is the addition of .NET 3.5 support.
Below is an overview of the main features of Web.Maps.VE. For more information you can go here: http://simplovation.com/Page/WebMapsVE.aspx
In case you're not familiar, Web.Maps.VE is an ASP.NET AJAX Virtual Earth Mapping Server C... [More]
If you take a look at maps.live.com you'll see the Mini Map is in the Top Right corner of the map. Virtual Earth doesn't have any alignment options built in when showing the Mini Map. It just allows you to position the mini map using x and y offset coordinates relating to the top left corner of the map. This makes it really easy to show the mini map in relation to the top left corner, but what makes this tricky is the dashboard is already there.
Here's small example I wrote ... [More]
What is the Shaded map Style?
If you've used maps.live.com and Virtual Earth, then you've probably noticed that the Road map style in the Virtual Earth API isn't the same as it is on maps.live.com. This is because the Road map style on maps.live.com is actually not using the VEMapStyle.Road map style, but instead is using VEMapStyle.Shaded. The VEMapStyle.Shaded map style is the standard Road style with Shaded Contours drawn on the map, and is new to Virtual Earth v6.0. In th... [More]
Turn on the Debug menu
Step 1: Open up the Preferences.plist file in notepad.
In Windows XP:C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\Safari\Preferences.... [More]
I've implemented Virtual Earth within many web applications, but one thing that I've only had to do a couple times is run the site under SSL. If you have ever done this, then you know that the web browser doesn't like this and complains with the "Do you want to display nonsecure items?" prompt. This can be a pain for users, escpecially when they click "No" and then wonder why the map isn't there.
Is SSL Supported?
Yes, even though it isn't documented... [More]
My RSS feed url has changed to the following:
The old url will still be active for awhile still, but I will be setting it to redirect to the new one shortly. So, please update your reference to my feed in your reader.
Until now, I have been using a small, hidden 1 pixel image to track the views of my posts through my feed. I have been able to tell that I may have approximately 50 subscribers, but I'm not completely sure. This is why I have decided to ... [More]
What is Microsoft Virtual Earth?
Virtual Earth allows any developer to implement mapping technology within their web sites and/or applications. The mapping techology behind Virtual Earth is the exact same technology that powers Microsoft's Live Maps website.
Getting Started with Virtual Earth
Lets add a Map to a page
Step 1: Add a DOCTYPE declaration and specify UTF-8 as the pages character set at the top of the page
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Trans... [More]
It was a great night, with a really great turn out. I'm not sure the exact number of attendees, but I think it must have been over 150! A few volunteers got up and gave some great demo presentations of new features in VS'08 and .NET 3.5. There was even a 360 setup with Halo 3 for people to play. Don't forget about all the great prizes that were given away: a couple Zunes, an XBox 360 Premium, an XBox 360 Elite, and alot of other games and software.
Oh, and don't forget about... [More]
I installed the 64-bit version of Vista Ultimate shortly after it RTM'd back in November 2006. Everything was going perfectly fine with it until a couple weeks ago. It started Blue Screening (BSOD) and giving me some other strange issues.
Here's a list of some of the issues I've been having:
Blue Screens (BSOD) - It shows a different error message each time, so there isn't just one thing wrong.
CD/DVD Burner says it can't be accessed, but then I try again a second later and it works fi... [More]
The WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party and Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 18th at the same location and time.
The WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party '07 has been Cancelled due to weather and will be rescheduled. The new date for the party will be announced as soom as possible.
Here's the announcement that went out to all registered attendees via email:
The holiday party has been cancelled due to weather.
Even though the ice warnings are expired, there is still snow falling and Direct Supply (our host for the evening) has asked us to cancel the party because of hazards ... [More]
Here's a list of links to all the different code that I've blogged over the last 6 months.
.NET: How to Alias Namespaces and Data Types
LunchTimeCoder: Windows Service Monitor that runs in the System Tray .NET 3.5: How to Convert from one TimeZone to another
Google Charts API: an ASP.NET 2.0 Server Control
Subsite Rewriting HttpModule for ASP.NET
ASP.NET: RewritePath breaks HyperLink's ImageUrl in App_Theme file when path with slash is rewritten
ASP.NET AJAX:... [More]
Today, I just saw that Google released their Chart API. Basically, the Google Chart API allows you to dynamically generate charts for use in your web applications. All you do is pass your data in the querystring and an image is returned. This isn't really a service to get too excited about, but it is pretty simple to use. And, it's Free.
I decided to code up a small ASP.NET Server Control that uses the Google Chart API to put simple line graph charts on a page. The image on the right is actuall... [More]
My Blog content is now licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License by default. If I do license specific content under a different license, then I'll post the license with the content. So, pretty much unless explicitly stated otherwise all content on this blog is now under the Creative Commons Attribution License. For more info about what this license is; click the link below.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License, unless explicitly stat... [More]