Chris Pietschmann

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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]

Virtual Earth v4 is out now with 3D maps!

I know this post is a bit delayed, but a couple days ago Microsoft released Virtual Earth v4. Basically this new version is v3 with some stuff added. The major addition is the 3D maps. Now this feature is cool. I still have to check compatibility of my PietschSoft.VE3 control with the VE4 JavaScript library. I also think I may be spawning off a new PietschSoft.VE control for this new version. Check it out: Virtual Earth v4 Interactive SDK

MS Virtual Earth: New version on the way!

Microsoft announced yesterday that they will be releasing a new version of the Virtual Earth Map Control next week on Nov. 7. They are stating that existing sites using versions 2 and 3 will not be impacted and will continue to work. They also mention an upcoming marketing campaign surrounding this next release. Could this new version be v4? What cool new features will they be adding? Service Notice: New Map Control - November 7, 2006

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]

What I've been up to lately: JavaScript, AJAX, Virtual Earth and WebParts

The last couple months at work, I've been working a lot on a new real estate mapping product that was launched last week called eNavigator (Try out eNavigator here). It utilizes AJAX and the Microsoft Virtual Earth v1 Commercial control and supports IE and Firefox. The coolest feature is the Interactive Map search that allows you to click and drag the map around to find that home of your dreams. Something I started working with tonight is the new Virtual Earth v... [More]