Zipcar Driven by MapPoint Web Service
"When the company first built the Zipcar.com site in 2000, developers used map programs that were available for free on the Web..
In 2003, the company decided to redo its Web site and Russell looked for a map application that would integrate better.
Zipcar is not a Microsoft shop, he explained. Its servers run Linux with open-source middleware. Still, Russell said his search for map software led him to select MapPoint, the Microsoft XML Web service, which companies like his pay for based on usage.
"We're not using .NET, but that didn't matter," he said. "What attracted us was the SOAP interface that is cross-platform." With the SOAP interface, integrating MapPoint into the Zipcar site was "no problem," he added.
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