One of the nice visuals of a Windows Phone application with mapping display of a simple area map whenever you view a place in the app.
Unfortunately, most map controls, such as the Bing Maps control included with the platform, are highly sophisticated: they let you have a bunch of pushpins, gather information about bounding boxes, etc. This awesome feature set can have a negative effect on performance.
My static map control is simple but nice because it’s an easy replacement, can be used in Panorama/Pivots, and overall still has a great, high-speed experience that your users will enjoy.
Details of the library are in this blog post about the control. Here are some of the basics:
- Supports Bing, Google, Mapquest and OpenStreetMap
- Gets a static map image (type based on provider) and displays a pushpin in the center
- Maps are provider-based if you have a special implementation you need
- Easy to use in markup and supports data binding properties