Bing Maps Geocode libraries by Microsoft are available in .NET to work with multiple mapping applications. The MSDN library site offers development tools and languages for SharePoint, Kinect, Lumia, Microsoft Robotics, and Windows SDK. To geocode a location, users can use Bing Maps REST resources that include guides to initialize, add controls, make requests, and display results.
After months of anticipation, Facebook officially launched its Places feature to check-in to nearby locations and share the place with your friends. The launch includes an API extension to its Graph API, which will first be read only. Launch partners include location-sharing platforms Foursquare and Gowalla, which are part of a private beta for the upcoming read/write API.
The recent experience of mapmaker RouteBuilder highlights one of the key issues that needs to be addressed when consuming APIs: how to manage the risk associated with an API becoming unavailable? Businesses consuming open APIs in their products need to take these risk management actions.