In this regular update to the Bing Maps Version 8 developer control (V8), we have added a couple of new data visualization features to help you make better sense of your business data.
Data Binning Module
Data binning, is the process of grouping point data into a symmetric grid of geometric shapes. An aggregate value can then be calculated from the pins in a bin and used to set the color or scale of that bin to provide a visual representation of a data metric that the bin contains. The two most common shapes used in data binning are squares and hexagons. When hexagons are used, this process is also referred to as hex binning. Since the size and the color can both be customized based on an aggregate value, it is possible to have a single data bin represent two data metrics (bivariant). The data binning module makes it easy to create data bins from thousands of pushpins.
Contour Lines, also known as isolines, are lines that connect points that share a characteristic of equal value. These are often used for visualizing data such as elevations, temperatures, and earthquake intensities on a flat 2D map. This module makes it easy to take contour line data and visualize it on Bing Maps as non-overlapping colored areas.
The TypeScript definitions for Bing Maps V8 have been updated to include the September updates. In addition to being available through NuGet, we have also made these definitions available through npm.
In addition to these new features, this update also includes many smaller feature additions such as double click event support for shapes and several bug fixes.
A complete list of new features added in this release can be found on the What’s New page in the documentation on MSDN. We have many other features and functionalities on the road map for Bing Maps V8. If you have any questions or feedback about V8, please let us know on the Bing Maps forums or visit the Bing Maps website to learn more about our V8 web control features.