Today I gave a talk on the Bing Development Platform. Due to time constraints and numerous people that were not developers in the audience I ended up going pretty light on the code walkthroughs I was planning on doing. I’m posting the source for this application here so that those that wanted to see more of the code can get a closer look at it. This demo was based largely on the demo that was given at Build 2013 (although I wrote this one from scratch) during the keynote, so check that out to see a couple more of the Bing API’s in action. I will update this demo or create a new one when the entity API is available, which to me is the most exciting part of the Bing Development Platform, but has not gone into beta yet.
The synopsis for this presentation was:
Bing, it’s not just a mediocre search engine anymore!
Technologies Explored: Bing Maps, Bing Speech, Bing Search, Bing Entities
Microsoft has opened up the power of the Bing Platform to developers. Starting with Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 developers are able to bring the functionality of Microsoft’s internal SDK’s for Bing to their own Apps. This session will create a modern Windows 8.1 store app that shows how these can come together to create an app that is focused on touch and speech instead of the mouse and keyboard. We will use these technologies combined with Windows 8 Modern UI technology to help guide the user to the data they want in an intuitive manner instead of forcing them into a more traditional Forms or WPF user interface.
The source code is in this ZIP file. This requires VS 2013 and Bing Maps for Windows 8.1.