This is a support post for the Inside Windows Phone show on location and mapping in Windows Phone 8 published here.
Calculating the distance between two GeoCoordinates in Windows Phone 8 is about as simple as it can get. First, get a GeoCoordinate. One handy way of doing this is to get the location of a tap on the Map control.
Set up the tap event hander on your Map:
<maps:Map x:Name="myMap" Tap="ReadMapTap" />
And then translate the tap location into a GeoCoordinate like so:
void ReadMapTap(object sender, System.Windows.Input.GestureEventArgs e)
GeoCoordinate tapLocation = distanceMap.ConvertViewportPointToGeoCoordinate(e.GetPosition((UIElement)sender));
Then we just create another GeoCoordinate, like maybe Microsoft campus:
GeoCoordinate Msft = new GeoCoordinate(47.6396, -122.1300);
And just ask one of our GeoCoordinates how far it is to the other one.
double distanceToMSFT = tapLocation.GetDistanceTo(Msft);
MessageBox.Show("It is " + distanceToMSFT.ToString() + " meters from there to Microsoft!");
The result will be in meters and is based on the haversine formula for calculating distance over the surface of the earth (my favorite!)