by Mehak Sujan
The Esri Business Analyst API for Flex enables you to build dynamic rich Internet applications (RIAs) using the same functionality in the Esri Business Analyst Online and the Business Analyst Server REST APIs. On Thursday, December 29th, 2011, the Business Analyst API for Flex Version 2.2 has been released.
Along with this, we have also made three Business Analyst Widgets for the Flex Viewer available. These include Smart Map Search, Comparison Report and Business Search.
Since version 2.2, the Business Analyst Online and Business Analyst Server API libraries have been merged into one single library (one swc file). Some benefits of this are to allow for easy migration from the Business Analyst Online API to Business Analyst Server and to allow Business Analyst Server applications to leverage the hosted Business Analyst Online API to get access to new data and reports as they become available. The merging of these libraries shouldn’t affect current Business Analyst Online or Business Analyst Server developers since they can continue to use the combined library the same way as they used the separate Business Analyst Online or Business Analyst Server libraries before.
Check out the Business Analyst Widgets available for download. This contains both the “ready to go” compiled and development versions as well as a Setup and Configuration guide that provides detailed and clear instructions on how to install and configure the widgets.
The ArcGIS Viewer for Flex configured with the widgets is available for preview here. This live version is configured to use a sample Business Analyst Online API account for the Smart Map Search and Comparison Report widgets that is constrained to only certain variables available and to the two Redlands, CA zip codes 92373 and 92374 for analysis tasks in the Business Analyst Online (BAO) API.
Enjoy and Happy New Year!