A more interactive experience can help developers create engaging applications. This is the case of Bing Maps V7 Interactive SDK in AJAX, that presents alternatives to choose a virtual user experience. The SDK allows one to create maps with clickable logos, search boxes, and navigation bars. Users also can create maps with view selections such as bird's eye view, aerial view, and initial zoom. In addition to these preferences, users can access modules with traffic, directions, venue maps, navigation, search, and spatial data services.
In October Google announced pricing for its popular Google Maps API. Though most sites won't hit the free limits, those with a lot of traffic may be scrambling for a solution. That was the case for a New York real estate service, which discovered their bill would be $200,000 - $300,000 per year.
Mass transit in metropolitan regions is becoming an increasingly popular mode of transportation for commuters faced with ever-increasing oil prices. As a result, there is an emerging need for mass transit agencies to make information more accessible to a growing number of commuters. What role can APIs play?