CHAPTER 1

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Getting Started with Microsoft and Mapping

Location and mapping play an increasingly important role in software today. The advent of location-aware social applications, web sites like Bing Maps, Google Maps, and Yelp, mobile mapping and navigation applications, and location-aware games like Shadow Cities by Grey Area have all increased customer demand for software that knows, presents, and uses your location in helpful ways.

Building these applications from scratch is not easy—in addition to the usual problems of scaling and software development in general, location-aware applications pose additional problems in the area of content ...

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