Well, I'm happy to blog that two weeks after the release of ArcGIS Server 9.3, we're offering full Geocortex Essentials compatibility. I must concede that this work didn't take two weeks; it took a couple months (we were very busy during the Beta program during which we made some educated guesses that proved correct).

We're actually releasing two new versions of Geocortex Essentials: Geocortex Essentials 1.3.1 Beta, and Geocortex Essentials 1.4 Beta. 1.3.1 is a maintenance release in the ArcGIS Server 9.2 edition of Geocortex Essentials. It contains updated language resources and bug fixes for customers who've built apps on 9.2. 1.4 is the big release that supports ArcGIS Server 9.3.

It has been a pleasure to start using the new features in Web ADF 9.3. Most notably (for developers):

  • The new Web ADF JavaScript object model (not to be confused with the JavaScript API released in tandem with ArcGIS Server 9.3, which is also cool and we're doing lots of work with)
  • Support for MS AJAX partial postbacks which will streamline future development (thankfully, adding full support for partial postbacks wasn't as arduous as we thought it might be)

Maybe we've been staring at it too long, but it appears the long-awaited 9.3 performance improvements are quite noticeable (we'll be able to quantify these improvements once we start playing with the Geocortex Optimizer Alpha in a couple weeks). Cool.

Next, maximizing the performance of Essentials (which has never received that much attention because we didn't really worry that much about our stuff being a bottleneck with 9.2) will be a core focus during the next couple 3-week iterations.

But first, I think the team is going to enjoy Latitude's annual "4th of July" picnic this afternoon/evening up at Shawnigan Lake.