Chris Pietschmann

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Web.Maps.VE - Virtual Earth Without JavaScript, plus .NET 3.5 Support just added!

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 Implement Virtual Earth completely from server-side .NET code; No JavaScript Necessary In case you're not familiar, Web.Maps.VE is an ASP.NET AJAX Virtual Earth Mapping Server C... [More]

Official Release of Simplovation and Web.Maps.VE!

I am proud to announce that I have just officially launched Simplovation and released our first product, Web.Maps.VE! What is Simplovation? Simplovation is my new startup, and is a Micro-ISV. Our focus is on developing first class, resuable components and developer tools that target the .NET Framework. What is Web.Maps.VE? Web.Maps.VE is the latest, much evolved version of my open source control. This is the only ASP.NET 2.0 server control that brings Full AS... [More]

PietschSoft.VE: Is it Dead? What about Ajax and Virtual Earth v5?

Is PietschSoft.VE Dead? I've had a couple people ask me lately if the PietschSoft.VE project is dead since there hasn't been a release in about 2 months. The answer is: No, it isn't dead, I just haven't had alot of time the last few weeks to work on it. Ajax I am actually still working on adding full Ajax support, using UpdatePanels as the enablers. It is turning out to be pretty cool. Virtual Earth v5 Also, since Microsoft recently released Virtual ... [More]

PietschSoft.VE mentioned during a Microsoft Webcast on Virtual Earth yesterday

Yesterday Marc Schweigert (Microsoft Developer Evangelist) did a webcast presentation titled "Adding Mapping Capabilities to your Applications with Virtual Earth and ASP.NET AJAX". Near the end of the presentation, he mentioned the PietschSoft.VE project and gave the link to it on CodePlex and the Live Demo site. This mention is located in slide 32 of the Powerpoint deck from the presentation. You'll be able to view the webcast online, after the fact. The presentatio... [More]

PietschSoft.VE got mentioned on DotNetRocks! episode #221

A couple weeks ago, I was listening to DotNetRocks! episode #218 with Dare Obasanjo when they were taling about Windows Live Services. They happened to touch on MS Virtual Earth, so I decided to email them and let them know about my PietschSoft.VE control over at CodePlex. Well, I just listened to episode #221 (I know I'm a week behind), and they mentioned my PietschSoft.VE control on the show! And, they even pronounced my name right. This is way cool! DotNetRocks! e... [More]

PietschSoft.VE v2.0.1 Released

I just posted v2.0.1 of my PietschSoft.VE mapping control on CodePlex. It's been just over a week since I released v2.0.0. This new release adds support for Get Route and Polyline functionality. My initial goal to release v2.0.1 was 3/19, but as it turns out I finished the main functionality for it early. This fits right inline with my goal to put out small releases often. PietschSoft.VE - ASP.NET AJAX Virtual Earth Mapping Server Control Enjoy!

PietschSoft.VE v2.0.0 Alpha - ASP.NET AJAX Virtual Earth Mapping Control

Finally, v2.0.0 Alpha is out! PietschSoft.VE is an ASP.NET AJAX Virtual Earth Mapping server control. The main purpose of the project is to provide ASP.NET 2.0 developers with an easy to use Virtual Earth mapping server control. This control abstracts away the requirement of JavaScript knowledge when utilizing MS Virtual Earth mapping within your ASP.NET 2.0 web applications. It's been way too long since I've put out a release of my PietschSoft.VE ASP.NET Virtual Eart... [More]

PietschSoft.VE3 v0.05 Released

Tonight I released v0.05 of the PietschSoft.VE3 Virtual Earth mapping control for ASP.NET. Major enhancements this release brings: Added GeoRSS and VECollection Layer support Added simple VS Design-Time support Added VEMap.VEMapJSInclude property so the control can be pointed to a Virtual Earth mapping .js file (a custom one) other than the one hosted by Microsoft. I'm trying to put out a new release with every couple features/fixes that are done. If you have any q... [More]

PietschSoft.VE3 is now on CodePlex

I am still hosting the demo site but I have moved the project into CodePlex. The CodePlex site offers a Discussion board (forums) and Issue Tracker. This will allow me to better support the PietschSoft.VE3 map control and library. I have also placed PietchSoft.VE3 under the Microsoft Shared Source Community License (SS-CL). I hope this will clear up any licensing questions regarding the use of this control. PietschSoft.VE3 - ASP.NET Virtual Earth Map Control

PietschSoft.VE3 v0.03 plus Demo site!

The PietschSoft.VE3 library is really taking shape and has been downloaded 100+ times already. I've even had someone contact me about using my code as the basis for a mapping control they need to create for a project they are working on. See it in action: http://simplovation.com/Page/WebMapsVE.aspx In case you haven't heard of or seen this project; the PietschSoft.VE3 library is an ASP.NET server control that wraps up the functionality provided by  Microsoft Virtual Earth ... [More]

ASP.NET 2.0: v0.02 of my Virtual Earth v3 Ajax Server Control

Update (11/7/2007): This control is now located here: http://codeplex.com/pietschsoftve3 I just uploaded a new release (v0.02) of my ASP.NET 2.0 Virtual Earth v3 Server Control. The download contains a Visual Studio 2005 solution that contains the source code for the server control dll and a sample website that uses the control. The only new feature in this release is full ViewState support. I do plan on adding many more features to this control as I get time to work on it. Enjoy! Down... [More]

ASP.NET 2.0: Virtual Earth v3 Ajax Server Control - PietschSoft.VE3 v0.01

Here is v0.01 of my ASP.NET Virtual Earth v3 custom control. The zip file download contains the DLL code and a sample test website. PietschSoft.VE3 v0.01 Features: Display map on a page with server side parameters (latitude, longitude, zoom, map style, etc.) Ability to attach JavaScript functions to the events raised by the JavaScript VEMap object from within server side code. Ability to plot points on the map from with in server side code I am modeling the objects in my li... [More]