July 13, 2005
@ 01:36 PM

I stumbled on Bus Monster last week and even though I don't take the bus I thought it was a pretty cool application. There's a mapping application that I've been wanting for a few years and I instantly realized that given the Google Maps API I could just write it myself.

Before starting I shot a mail off to Chandu and Steve on the MSN Virtual Earth team and asked if their API would be able to support building the application I wanted. They were like "Hell Yeah" and instead of working on my review I started hacking on Virtual Earth. In an afternoon hacking session, I discovered that I could build the app I wanted and learned new words like geocoding.

My hack should be running internally on my web server at Microsoft before the end of the week. Whenever Virtual Earth goes live I'll move the app to my personal web site. I definitely learned something new with this application and will consider Hacking MSN Virtual Earth as a possible topic for a future Extreme XML column on MSDN. Would anyone be interested in that?


Wednesday, July 13, 2005 3:08:31 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Busy building a site that will show you how to 'hack' virtual earth :)
Check out http://www.ViaVirtualEarth.com for more info.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 3:59:43 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
"Would anyone be interested in that?"

Dude... Yeah!
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 4:44:16 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Hell yeah, I'd be interested. I am curious what XML has to do with it other than being a simple request/response structure.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 5:25:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
There's a Virtual Earth API?

BTW, your blog template is sub-optimal. The side margins are quite wide making the body column very narrow. And it doesn't render very well at all in non-IE browsers.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 6:00:01 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
The site looks OK in IE and Firefox. Most of the complaints I've seen are for Safari on Mac OS X and since I don't have a Mac I can't debug the issue.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 8:31:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
"Hell Yeah" me too.
Hermann Klinke
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 9:03:04 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Would also be interesting to compare the Virtual Earth's API with Terraserver's.


Wednesday, July 13, 2005 9:04:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
heck yeah I would be interested in that article! I want to do some mapping stuff on my site and one of my interests and the many resorts surronding the area and would love to hear about your experience with MSN Virtual Earth.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 11:31:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
But Virtual Earth is still "months away", while Google Earth is here now. Google is not shy about putting out betas the instant they are usable, while Microsoft would rather wait years until after everyone else has done something to put out their version The irony is that Microsoft's "Finals" tend to be less reliable than Google's "Betas".
Thursday, July 14, 2005 1:37:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
"Hell Yeah" <g>
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 3:55:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
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