Microsoft Updates Azure Maps SDK to Improve Spatial Data Integration

Microsoft has announced updates to the Azure Maps Web SDK that includes increased support for common spatial file formats like KML, KMZ, GPX, GeoRSS, GML, GeoJSON, and CSV. Additionally, the SDK includes new pop-up templates and drawing tools.

The marquee update to the SDK is improved support for common spatial file formats, allowing developers to “unlock great spatial data that already exists without having to manually convert between file types.” The SDK also sees improvement in the handling of Well-Known Text (WKT), a text markup language used to describe objects on a map, with the addition of new tools for writing and editing the language. The SDK also receives improved Integration with Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) services. 

Microsoft has also added a new pop-up template that is designed to allow for simple data-driven layouts. The announcement describes the process, “In the simplest case, passing a JSON object of data into a popup template will generate a key-value table of the properties in the object. A string with placeholders for properties can be used as a template.”

The SDK’s drawing tool module has been updated so that it exposes events and allows for editing shapes. This functionality is helpful when trying to allow for search restrictions based on the area the user just drew. Make sure to check out the full announcement for information on additional updates. 

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