ArcGIS Server 9.3 Nationwide Seminar Series occurring now

ESRI has been working on two, half-day
ArcGIS Server 9.3 Seminars
. These seminars started September 23rd and
are taking place through November within the U.S. This is a great opportunity
to see how to implement ArcGIS Server to its fullest capabilities.

The first seminar, which takes place during the morning, is “Tips and Tricks”.
It was derived by gathering the most common questions people have when
implementing ArcGIS Server and best practices. There are three main sections:
configuration and management, caching, and geoprocessing. This seminar provides
useful tips for configuring ArcGIS Server and understanding architecture, how
you can set up caching strategies and workflows for high performing web
applications and how to author and publish geoprocessing services for advanced
analysis over the web.

The second seminar, which takes place during the afternoon, is titled “Creating
Mashups Using the ArcGIS API for JavaScript”. The ArcGIS Server API for
JavaScript is new at 9.3 and provides html and JavaScript developers a quick
path for making great web mapping applications. This seminar covers the basics
and getting started with the API for JavaScript. In addition to creating
mashups, discussion on query tasks, geoprocessing, geocoding and other topics
are covered so you can see how GIS analysis can be done over this easy to use
API. You can take a quick glance of the demos that will be discussed by
downloading the sample code from the ArcGIS JavaScript API
Code Gallery

Both seminars provide a great resource for maximizing the potential of ArcGIS
Server. The seminars also provide workbooks to attendees so they can revisit
the useful tips back in the office. Sign up online to attend an
ArcGIS Server 9.3 Seminar

The ESRI technical staff hope to see you at a seminar in a city near you!

Contributed by Jeremiah Lindemann, co-designer of the “Creating Mashups Using the
ArcGIS API for JavaScript” seminar.

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ArcGIS Mobile Live Training Seminars Today

The first live training seminar for ArcGIS Mobile was at 9:00 PDT and there are only 2 left (11:00am PDT and 3:00pm PDT) so make sure you don’t miss this opportunity!!

We had over 500 connections to the first seminar and a lot of you asked questions. We are going to collate all questions that come in and cover them here on the blog so please make sure you log in and participate!

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ArcGIS Mobile Live Training Seminar Tomorrow!!

Tomorrow you will have the opportunity to hear Myles and Sabine present a free Live Training Seminar that highlights the key features of ArcGIS Mobile at the 9.3 release.

Today Jim Barry from the EDN team had the opportunity to get behind the scenes as they rehearsed for tomorrow. Here is a short interview with Myles and Sabine about ArcGIS Mobile and what you can expect from the LTS. Click on the picture below to see the preview video.

You can find details on the live training seminar here.

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"Optimizing" your 3-D display

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer

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When cartographers talk about “optimizing a computer display”, they’re usually talking about how to see things better, i.e., remove fuzziness, ensure all the information is shown, etc. This contrasts with how computer technology folks use the term “optimize”, which usually means make the screen display draw faster.
Continue reading

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.NET Team adds API Evaluator

A quick post today about a new tool that the .NET team developed. The API evaluator scans your .NET code and generates a complete set of API usage statistics. This is pretty cool if you want to see what APIs are being used most frequently in your applications. It also provides a way for you to send feedback directly to ESRI about the APIs that are most important to you. 

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Introduction to ArcGIS Mobile 9.3 Live Training Seminar!

If you are new to ArcGIS Mobile or have used ArcGIS Mobile 9.2 and want to quickly get up to speed with what the mobile team developed for the 9.3 release, you are in luck! We are going to present a no-cost live training seminar on Thursday October 2nd. That’s two days from now!!

Myles Sutherland and Sabine Barrera from the Mobile team will provide an overview of Mobile GIS, introduce you to the new ArcGIS Mobile application and explain how you can use ArcGIS Server to create and manage your mobile projects. You will have the opportunity to ask questions as well.

The seminar will run 3 times on Thursday at 9:00AM, 11:00AM, and 3:00PM (PDT). You might be asking what you need to do to tune into the seminar. Well all you need is a good broadband internet connection and an ESRI Global Account.

You can find details on the live training seminar here: Introduction to ArcGIS Mobile 9.3

Mobile Team

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WGA Video Now Online

ESRI President Jack Dangermond’s presentation at the Western Governors’ Association meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has recently been posted in the Showcase area of the ESRI GIS for Conservation Web site.

The video of the presentation includes recordings of demonstrations using ArcGIS Explorer, ArcSketch, and a Web application built using the ArcGIS JavaScript API

We covered the elements of the ArcGIS Explorer presentation in an earlier post, but the entire presentation is now available online, and tells a compelling story about protecting wildlife habitat areas, managing natural resources, and how GIS can be used to solve and mitigate the sometimes competing issues and problems that arise. 

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Video explains "Parcel Notification List" JavaScript example

Currently the most popular download on the
ArcGIS JavaScript API Code Gallery
is the
Parcel Notification List
application written and submitted by Jeff
Archer from ESRI. In
this video
Jeff takes a few minutes to show how the sample works and
gives a quick run-through of the code and components under the hood.

While local governments may be able use the application “as-is”, there is enough
starter material for any Web application that needs to select features based on
a distance from other features and return tabular attributes of the results.

Download it, use it, modify it… it’s up to you. And please leave comments on
the download page if you have any questions or suggestions you think might help.

Contributed by Jim Barry of the EDN team.

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Understanding Geostatistical Analyst Layers

The Geostatistical Analyst (GA for short) uses sample points taken at
different locations in a landscape and creates (interpolates) a continuous surface.
The sample points are measurements of some phenomenon, such as radiation leaking
from a nuclear power plant, an oil spill, or elevation heights. Geostatistical
Analyst derives a surface using the values from the measured locations to predict
values for each location in the landscape. Continue reading

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ESRI Releases the ArcGIS API Evaluator

If you haven’t heard, the ArcGIS Development Team has just released a new .NET utility called the ESRI API Evaluator.  This handy tool allows you to scan all of your ArcGIS .NET code and generate a complete set of API usage statistics.  This will reveal the DLL dependencies, version information and the number of calls made to all ESRI assemblies, interfaces and members. 

Help improve the product
One of the most important features of this tool is that it allows you to send your API usage information directly to the ArcGIS Development Team.  Once received, this information will be used to:

1.    Better understand the APIs that our customers are using (most popular).
2.    Make improvements to focused areas of the SDK (documentation and samples).
3.    Make decisions for future API development projects.

API Evaluator Scenarios
Scenario I – Help improve the SDK
You have been working on a number of ArcGIS projects and have had difficulty implementing various parts of the SDK.  Use the API Evaluator to let ESRI know what areas of the API are most important to you by uploading the usage statistics without actually sending us the code!

Scenario II – Improve your code
You have been working on an agile development project with a team of developers.  You would like to discover which parts of the API have been used the most by the team and if code reuse has been maximized.  Use the API Evaluator to determine the number of calls to all interfaces, methods and properties in the .NET assemblies and look for areas of improvement.

Scenario III – Deployment
You would like to determine the .NET Framework version, and ArcGIS license and extension requirements for an application.  Use this information to help determine the software and licensing requirements for deployment systems.
It’s easy to use!

Step 1.  Start the tool and run a new scan.

Step 2.  Select the folder(s) you wish to scan.    
NOTE:  If you are scanning a Visual Studio 2005/2008 web application, build and publish the website to generate the precompiled assemblies first.


Step 3.  Optionally, supply your contact information if you plan to upload your scan to ESRI. 

Step 4 – Confirm your selections.


Step 5 – Review the results.

Step 6 – Upload results to ESRI. Simply select the “Upload Scan” menu.

A few reasons to give it a try
I’m sure you can think of many different uses for this tool, but in general, you can use this tool to: 

1.    Determine the general API usage for larger or unknown code samples.
2.    Determine the licensing required to run an application.
3.    Locate redundant code sections and make improvements.
4.    Detect library dependencies to help with deployment scenarios.
5.    Detect .NET version dependencies.
6.    And most importantly, help improve the product (see below).

More Information
Where can I download it?  You can download the tool from the ArcGIS Engine Code Gallery.
Where can I find more information? You can find the documentation on the ArcGIS Engine Resource Center online.

We want your feedback!

Although the “Upload Scan” functionality is 100% optional, we do appreciate all feedback from the developer community, so we hope you find this tool useful and you can spend a few minutes uploading the results back to ESRI. 

Let us know if you have any questions or feedback.

Thanks for your participation!
ArcGIS Development Team

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