To create a .NET dll i can reference from inside SQL Server where i can pass in an address & get back a geocode string that i can stick into a geography data type as a POINT using STPointFromText() in t-SQL.
I'm using Virtual Earth, I signed up for a developer account which gave me access to virtual earth staging servers.
I'm trying to create a user defined function in a similar way to the example shown here although using Visual Studio 2008 of course. I have code that I've written in ASP.NET that uses virtual earth to pass in an address & get back the latitude/logditude co-ordinates.
The only problem is that virtual earth requires you to 'add a service reference' for the geocode service and for some reason when i go to the project menu there's Add Reference and Add Web Reference, but no Add Service Reference which is what i need to be able to call geocodeService.Geocode(geocodeRequest) which does all the magic.
Can someone tell me what am i doing wrong? why is it not possible to add a service reference to a SQL Server project in visual studio?