The following is a short interview with Succinctly series author James McCaffrey, whose latest e-book, Bing Maps V8 Succinctly was published last
week. You can download the e-book here.
What should people know about Bing Maps? Why is
Everyone knows that massive
amounts of data are being collected. Much of this data is geolocation
information from mobile devices and IoT sensors. The ability to display such
data, transforming it from raw data into usable information, is becoming
increasingly important, and that's where the Bing Maps library, version 8,
When did you first become interested in this
I've been interested in the Bing
Maps library, and geolocation data in general, for quite a few years. One of
the first projects I worked on at Microsoft Research was the prediction of
automobile traffic patterns–about six years ago.
By writing this e-book, did you learn anything
Everyone knows that when you
explain something to someone else or, in the case of authors, even when you
write a book about a topic you know very well, you learn a ton. For me, I
learned quite a bit about choropleth maps (different shades of colors to
indicate a statistic such as population density) and the new Bing Maps 8 heat
How will this subject change over the next few
I work with some of the world's
leading researchers in geolocation analysis and visualization, and they tell me
the field is changing. The biggest changes will be the infusion of machine
learning prediction models into geolocation systems. We're seeing the beginning
of this with automobile systems that can alert you to traffic problems in
Do you see Bing Maps as part of a larger trend
in software development?
Bing Maps is definitely a part
of the bigger picture that involves the growth and integration of Big Data,
plus improved machine learning algorithms, plus increased processing power
(currently via GPUs, but in the not-too-distant future, via quantum computing).
What other books or resources on Bing Maps do
One of my favorite resources for
mapping technologies is Leaflet.js
Succinctly by Matt Lewin. It details an open-source alternative mapping
technology and is a great companion to Bing
Maps V8 Succinctly. See https://www.syncfusion.com/resources/techportal/details/ebooks/leafletjs.