Given that most people walk around with a GPS enabled mobile device in their pocket all day, it is hardly surprising that there is increasing interest in spatial data. I was surprised, however, that three sessions on spatial data were voted in for SqlBits 7 happening this Saturday (2nd October 2010).
- 9:30 AM-10:30 AM, You can create UK maps with SSRS 2008 R2, Robert (Bob) Edgson
- 2:40 PM-3:40 PM, Where the bl**dy h*** are you? (Spatial Data Visualisation), Rob Farley
- 4:00 PM-5:00 PM, The (Geospatial) Shapes of Things to Come, Simon Munro
My session will span a few areas, from theory to practical spatial functions, with the sole purpose of getting database people a bit more up to speed on some of the aspects and issues when working with spatial data.
As part of my demoware (needed for visualisation) I had a go at hooking up a Windows Phone to a SQL Azure database and the results are promising. (All in an emulator unfortunately, due to a lack of physical devices). The screenshot below shows a Windows Phone 7 Silverlight app with the Bing control querying data from a WCF service running in Windows Azure, pulling data out of a SQL Azure database – I decided to stop there with adding shiny new technical things.
Hope to see you at SQL Bits 7!