Driving Directions Using Virtual Earth

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I just saw this very cool Virtual Earth application appear in my PubSub Virtual Earth feed. According to the programmers blog:

This demo demonstrates how to leverage the MapPoint Web Service (MWS) in order to do driving directions using the current version of VE. The upcoming version of VE will have driving directions built in but meanwhile you can use this application to get routes using the current version

Pretty cool way to fix a problem with Virtual Earth using another Microsoft product. He uses an asp.NET page talks to the MWS that returns XML that is then parsed by the JavaScript using XMLHttpRequest. That my friends is classic AJAX. It works pretty well and beyond the GUI problems that I think Virtual Earth has, this is a cool mashup.

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October 20, 2005