New at MP2K Magazine, 5/16/2002
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The MapPoint .NET webservice was launched this past month and already appears poised to be a major force introducing GIS (geographic information systems) technologies to the masses.. In the past week, MapPoint .NET articles appeared on both the www.microsoft.com and http://msdn.microsoft.com home pages.. For more information visit http://www.mappoint.net.
On a different .NET front, the first article below builds off Gilles Kohl's earlier article showing how to automate MapPoint with the free .NET SDK. This is an easy way for a non-programmer with free disk space and bandwidth (125+ MB) to dabble.. Have fun!
This week's contents:
- a summary of recent articles and news
- continuing contest: .mbd circus
- the latest tip: mappoint .net newsgroup
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SOME RECENT ARTICLES AND NEWS
Automating MapPoint with the .NET SDK
As Gilles Kohl showed in a previous article, it's possible to program MapPoint with only the free .NET Framework SDK. This article illustrates a simple program using this technique for generating images from MapPoint.
LGPMap Uses MapPoint and AutoRoute
MP2K talks with Nik Aves, developer of the LGPMap.co.uk web site, which adopted Microsoft's Geography product formats for download on their web site.
[Nik asks for suggestions on how to use MapPoint in a more sophisticated manner, this would be an excellent exercise that could win you a free, full copy of MapPoint 2002, details in the MDB Circus below.]
Interview with Michael Graff
Directions Magazine recently published an interview with Michael Graff, General Manager of the MapPoint Group.
Company Profile: Pocket Real Estate
Hand e Corp's Pocket Real Estate is a suite of products that enable real estate professionals and consumers to access real estate information, including MLS data, via handheld computers and mobile devices.
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MapPoint .NET Demonstrations
Microsoft posted a store Locator demonstration for Fourth Coffee, a fictitious coffee retailer, along with more samples.
GISbid.com is a project marketplace for GIS professionals to post projects and bid for work. In just one month, GISbid.com has attained a membership of over 750 GIS professionals. It has extensive resources to review RFPs and other projects, as well as links to statewide bid websites. GISbid.com is a complete source for information on worldwide GIS projects. Post your projects for FREE! Go to http://www.GISbid.com TODAY!
MAPPOINT CONTEST: MDB CIRCUS
We are assembling a feature on how to use MapPoint with Access and looking for submissions of simple tips, code examples, examples of solutions, and anything other news about integrating Access and MapPoint. Send submissions in MDB format to firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=[AccessContest]. All submissions will be credited and one winner will be awarded a free full copy of MapPoint 2002. See a past article at http://www.mp2kmag.com/articles.asp?ArticleID=39 for help in getting started.
MAPPOINT .NET NEWSGROUP
Microsoft launched a new newsgroup last month devoted to the MapPoint .NET webservice.
The MapPoint team (especially the new Technical Product Manager Steve Lombardi) has been very active helping and introducing users to this new service, here's the link: news:///news.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.mappoint.webservice.
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