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A Look Ahead at ThinkGeo Cloud

With a major .NET evolution around the corner; ThinkGeo is primed to make the most of the latest environment enhancements. Our library of SDKs are being re-written to take advantage of the technological climate ahead of us, and will support .NET Core 3.0 natively when the new version of Microsoft’s development framework launches in the fall. ThinkGeo Cloud uses our SDKs as its main engine, which means that our Cloud services will be more performant, more responsive and more memory-efficient.

Our Cloud offering keeps strengthening, and in line with that notion we aim to add some of our most asked-about features as well as some completely new and innovative services to ThinkGeo Cloud over the course of 2019.

The following list of ThinkGeo Cloud enhancements are right around the corner!

  • Updating ThinkGeo Cloud to use .NET Core, yielding the most optimal online mapping experience.
  • The imminent release of ThinkGeo Routing as a Cloud service. Users will be able to enter in start/end coordinates and receive the best route back to them. Our ThinkGeo Cloud Routing service will support routing through up to 25 waypoints, and in combination with our Cloud Geocoder, you’ll be able to route from one address to another with equal ease. To begin with, ThinkGeo Cloud Routing will only offer routing for North America (including the United States, Canada and Mexico), but global routing will be offered later this year.
  • The debut of the ThinkGeo Cloud Maps Queries service, which grants Cloud users the ability to make spatial queries against our set of global mapping data, ranging from simple to complex. Find out which cities are contained within an arbitrary polygon; discover what railways intersect a custom polyline; find all the addresses within 2 kilometers of a given point; and many other types of queries are all possible with ThinkGeo Cloud Maps Queries.
  • The launch of our next-generation Cloud Geocoding service, which will not only improve the precision and quality of the geocoding results, but which — for the first time — will support geocoding anywhere in the world!

Every ThinkGeo service mentioned and those that exist already are standard RESTful APIs. They can easily be consumed by any client, but keep in mind that ThinkGeo also provides its own specially-tailored client libraries which make your job as a developer that much easier, especially in the desktop development world.

Each and every new service we add to ThinkGeo Cloud will also be available as an update to our client side library, meaning all you have to do to start using them is reference the latest version of our Cloud client package from your package manager of choice (NuGet, npm, etc.). Cloud clients are currently offered in C# and JavaScript, with versions in other languages coming in the future.

To stay informed when new and enhanced ThinkGeo Cloud services become available, keep your eye on this blog, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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