22 Bing Maps

20210327 Package: bing

Where on earth is a Bing and how can a major search engine be named Bing? Actually, a Bing is the sound that we hear in our head when we make a new discovery! And here we have it as a MLHub package that demonstrates Microsoft Bing’s capabilities.

The bing package demonstrates and utilises the capabilities of the Bing Maps cloud service. In particular we expose the geocode command to convert an address to its longitude and latitude. A Bing Maps key is required and will be asked for during the configure. A Bing key with free queries is available from Bing.

To install, configure, and demonstrate the package:

ml install   bing
ml configure bing
ml readme    bing
ml commands  bing
ml demo      bing

In addition to the demo command the package also supports geocode.

You can get further details about the web service from the Bing Maps web site.

The Bing service used in this bing package, unlike the MLHub packages in general, use closed source services which have no guarantee of ongoing availability and do not come with the freedom to modify and share. This cloud based service also requires your address queries, for example, to be sent to Bing in the cloud.



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