June 8, 2011 Leave a comment
Have you ever wondered what that historical marker says that you just passed while driving down the road? Well, there’s an app for that, if you live in Texas.
Texas Road Side History was first thought up by my myself and my colleagues as one of four applications all of the developers from our Slalom Consulting Dallas office collaboratively developed during a one day Windows Phone 7 “lock in” team exercise.
One of our goals was to help our entire team learn how to make use of Microsoft’s rapidly evolving SQL Azure and Azure Web roles. Using SQL Azure, we took advantage of the Geography data type and the STDistance function to query for historical markers by proximity. We next exposed a WCF Web service for executing the proximity query. And lastly, we generated an OData endpoint using WCF Data Services for all of our basic data access needs, which was amazingly simple.
After several iterations of submissions and rejections to the WP7 Marketplace, Texas Road Side History was finally Read more of this post