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Ajax Ctrl vs REST Api RRS feed

  • Question

  • I need to implement some mapping features for Dynamics CRM. Foremost it must be accessible via any type of smart phone but also on our internal website. According to MS's Bing website they recommend the REST API for mobile devices (but not the AJAX control which I assume does not work on all smartphones).

    * I assume the REST API covers all bases, correct?

    * What are the limitations compared to the Ajax Control?

    * Is the Silverlight something different again?

    • Moved by Ricky_Brundritt Saturday, March 10, 2012 10:39 AM (From:Bing Maps: Map Control and Web services Development)
    Monday, August 22, 2011 5:14 AM

Answers

  • The REST api is for generating "static maps" basically just a simple non-interactive image (as well as geocoding, routing etc but Im presuming you are looking at creating an actual map)

    The new Bing Maps AJAX v7 control has great support for smartphones as you can see here:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg427618.aspx

    But it will still not work on 100% of devices.

    The Silverlight controls (there are two) are something different using Microsoft's rival to flash. There is one silverlight control for desktop web browsers (mac and windows) and one silverlight control specifically for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform. They are different but similar in many ways.

     

    Hope that helps some 

     


    Brian @ Earthware - UK interactive mapping web developers http://www.earthware.co.uk/blog | http://www.twitter.com/earthware | Windows Live Developer MVP
    • Marked as answer by hfaun Wednesday, August 24, 2011 4:49 AM
    Monday, August 22, 2011 9:09 PM
    Moderator

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  • The REST api is for generating "static maps" basically just a simple non-interactive image (as well as geocoding, routing etc but Im presuming you are looking at creating an actual map)

    The new Bing Maps AJAX v7 control has great support for smartphones as you can see here:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg427618.aspx

    But it will still not work on 100% of devices.

    The Silverlight controls (there are two) are something different using Microsoft's rival to flash. There is one silverlight control for desktop web browsers (mac and windows) and one silverlight control specifically for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform. They are different but similar in many ways.

     

    Hope that helps some 

     


    Brian @ Earthware - UK interactive mapping web developers http://www.earthware.co.uk/blog | http://www.twitter.com/earthware | Windows Live Developer MVP
    • Marked as answer by hfaun Wednesday, August 24, 2011 4:49 AM
    Monday, August 22, 2011 9:09 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks. I actually also need to do routing. It seems that Microsoft's website is somewhat outdated and one should really use AJAX v7 for everything including mobile devices.

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011 4:49 AM