ArcGIS Server 9.3 APIs Part 1
With the release of ArcGIS Server 9.3, you'll have the following APIs available for building web applications with ESRI software:
- Web ADF (.NET and Java)
- REST (.NET and Java)
- Google Maps Extender
- Virtual Earth Extender
In addition to these APIs, ESRI is also working on a Flex API and Silverlight API that will be released post 9.3. No matter what the technical requirements are for your project, at least one of these APIs should help you get the job done. But which one? With choice comes confusion. There's obvious strengths and weaknesses of choosing one over the other, as well as overlap in the functionalities they offer. Sometimes the choice is clear based on the technology stack and features you're targeting. For example, if you require a secure solution and are standardized on .NET Framework then the .NET Web ADF is likely the best choice. Over the next few weeks I'll discuss and compare these APIs in hopes of making your decision a little bit clearer, as well as share our experiences with them to date.
ESRI Business Partner Conference and Dev Summit Recap
Wow, what a conference! I spent the last week in Palm Springs with various Latitude co-workers at the ESRI Business Partner Conference followed by the Developer Summit. Steve and the account management team were busy from Saturday to Tuesday meeting with existing and potential partners from around the world. I played mainly technical support for the first couple days, assisting where I could. Ryan Cooney flew down on Monday and we spent the rest of the week at the Developer Summit, which was the main reason I was there.
So, what did we learn? On the business side, there's a real buzz about Geocortex Essentials and the work we've been up to, as Steve alluded to earlier. On the technical side, there's a few points of particular interest:
- It will be relatively easy to port web applications built on 9.2 to 9.3. Of course, this applies directly to Geocortex Essentials which we plan to support on 9.3 out of the gates.
- The .NET Web ADF at 9.3 supports the .NET Framework 3.5.
- Significant documentation improvements.
Dave Bouwman did a great job of capturing the details of the .NET ADF session as well as the others he attended, as did James Fee in his conference recap. Bottom line on ArcGIS Server 9.3 is that it looks like a great upgrade that I'm looking forward to building on with Geocortex Essentials. Finally, the two conferences were a great time and I'm already looking forward to attending next year.
The Internet will never take off because my 14.4 modem ties up my phone line
I’m an avid reader of James Fee’s popular GIS blog, and I’m sometimes tempted to weigh in with a comment, but then I wonder if instead it is best left to people wanting to vent. There have been some good discussions lately, so I decided to comment.
This is all reminiscent of everyone kvetching about ArcIMS 3.0 in the summer of 2001, before ArcIMS went on to be such a phenomenal success (overwhelming its flaws). Technology improves over time, yet so many people are ready to pass judgment before a given technology comes into its own. Or maybe we all just need a place to vent with our buddies, then get back to it.