Jul 122013

The solution I’m creating for the client is based on Google Maps, so when I showed them some results, they joked that they wouldn’t be able to sell their product to Microsoft, since it’s not based on Bing Maps.

Replacing the basis with Bing Maps is no problem however. But since the map in this solution is used as an entry to filter the data (you draw the region you want to query), I need a (free form) drawing library of some sort. There is no drawing support in Bing Maps what so ever. The only thing present is the Shape Toolbox module someone created back in 2012, and never maintained/updated. Why is there no support for drawing on the map?

To make things worse, if I wanted to create something myself (I learned a thing or two playing with Google Maps) the mouse event returns X and Y values of the screen, not the coordinates on the map where the mouse event took place, so if I want to create something myself, I need to be recalculate the X and Y values to mapcoordinates every single time. There’s a function for it, but it’s a stupid decision to implement it this way. It should be the other way around, because how often would you really need the X and Y values of the screen?

That was my rant. Grrrr….

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