I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a great starting point for developers looking for an introduction to the many different mapping options available from web development to Power Maps in Excel and much more.
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Good only if you're a beginner27 April 2014
Jarred D. Capellman
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Let me prefix this review with a question - are you an experienced Bing Map API developer on ASP.NET, Windows Phone, WPF or Windows Store? If so - skip this book.
I received the book Friday night and was excited to dive in Saturday night only to find out I just wasted my money on the book - outside of the last few pages on Excel's Power Map feature I was already equal to or more advanced just by doing ASP.NET, Windows Store and Windows Phone 8 apps for work.
If you answered no to the prefixed question - then this book will jumpstart you on ASP.NET, WPF, Windows Store and Windows Phone in a pretty decent fashion including reviewing Geospatial data briefly (if you want to dive in further I highly suggest getting Pro Spatial with SQL Server 2012 by Alastair Aitchison, he does a huge deep dive for beginner to advanced users). In addition the author reviews how to setup a WCF service (why not WebAPI as well I have to ask), Azure Hosting of both sites and databases, which for a beginner or someone who hadn't really worked on all of those platforms is a nice jumpstart.
In summary, I wish I could give two ratings. One for the beginner that this book seems targeted to, in which case I would probably give it a 4 or 5 and another rating for the intermediate/advanced user looking to fill in any gaps and continue advancing, in which case I would give it a 1.