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Google Maps in ASP.net

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Hi!

I have a website in ASP.net C# and a database with a table 'Users' with username and country.

I want to show a worldwide map with a 'pin' on each country listed in 'Users' table. Just to give a overview about the users distribution in world.

Which the best/easiest way to do that?

Thanks in advance!
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google maps api is available
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http://en.googlemaps.subgurim.net

ASP.NET GoogleMaps User Control
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Hi there

Perhaps one of the easiest ways would be to output your database values in KML.

Depending on what you need for your webpage, you can even just past a publicly available URL to a KML file in to Google Maps search box and it will load it on a map. Great way to test the KML anyway to start with. The benefits of KML is that it is a standard for geographic information, although primarily used by Google (last I heard), and will be able to be used on Google Earth. The main alternative to KML is GeoRSS. Google Maps basically natively supports plotting data from both.
See:
- KML: http://code.google.com/apis/kml/documentation/whatiskml.html, http://googlemapsapi.blogspot.com/2007/03/kml-and-georss-support-added-to-google.html
- GeoRSS: http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/javascript/v2/examples/geoxml-rss.html

Using a standard gives you a number of benefits, in that you can relatively easily use it for other purposes too.

Further to this, if you want to customise the display on a webpage, you'll need to build one and load Google Maps on to it.
See here for an example of this: http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/javascript/v2/services.html#XML_Overlays

HTH
Matt
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