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It was great to see all of you at this year’s Developer Summit! Hopefully you were able to come by the Islands, Meet the Teams, or attend a Technical Workshop and chat with one of us:
We received lots of good feedback from you this year, and we are pleased to announce that v3.0 Final of the ArcGIS API for Silverlight will support development with both Silverlight 4 and Silverlight 5!
In addition to talking with you about your work and getting feedback, one of our goals every year at the Developer Summit is to provide Technical Workshops with valuable information, best practices, and samples that you can take back with you. If you attended the Developer Summit but missed any of the Silverlight/SharePoint/Windows Phone presentations, or were unable to attend and would like the info, here are a few links you may find of interest:
The components included in ArcGIS for SharePoint – the ArcGIS Map Web Part, ArcGIS Geocoding Workflow, and ArcGIS Location Field – each reference services from ArcGIS Online out-of-the-box. By default, they access these services over http. But due to the cross-scheme restrictions of Silverlight, the default use of http introduces problems when ArcGIS for SharePoint is used within a SharePoint site that employs Secure Sockets Layer (SSL or https) protection. So when loading the Map Web Part on an https site, the following prompt will be shown:
ArcGIS for SharePoint makes it easy to spatially enable existing SharePoint lists and libraries that contain coordinates by adding the ArcGIS Location Field. But what about creating lists and libraries that are spatially enabled by default? This is one question we’ve heard a lot, so we decided to take a closer look.
SharePoint Lists and Templates
As you probably know, SharePoint allows you to create and store data and documents through lists and document libraries. Lists are simply how SharePoint represents tabular data, while document libraries expand on that concept by requiring that a particular kind of document be associated with each record in the table. SharePoint allows open-ended definition of each list’s or library’s schema by letting you add columns to it, choosing the data type, name, and other settings for each column. SharePoint also allows you to define views, which include a specific subset of columns for display. In this way, lists and libraries can be tailored to capture specific information about the particular type of data they are meant to contain.
There are many cases where different lists are meant to contain data about the same type of objects, so it makes sense for them to use the same data structure. For example, suppose an organization manages remediation projects, and those projects always have a particular set of personnel roles (e.g. project manager), contact information, budget figures, status indicators, project description, and other information. Data about each project is stored in a record contained in a list, and the different pieces of data are captured by different columns. But suppose this is a large organization that manages many such projects for many different clients. So rather than having one huge list that contains all the remediation projects, they are divided into different lists – one for each of the organization’s clients.
So what happens when there’s a new client? Obviously, a new list is needed, but that list should have the exact same set of columns, views, and properties as every other list containing the organization’s remediation projects. The list could be created manually, and the same columns, views, and properties could be specified one-by-one, but that’s time-consuming and error prone – particularly when the process is repeated many times.
Fortunately, SharePoint has a great solution for this problem – list templates. Continue reading
Localized releases of ArcGIS Viewer for Silverlight 1.0.1 and ArcGIS for SharePoint 2.1.1 now available!
We’re pleased to announce the localized releases of ArcGIS Viewer for Silverlight 1.0.1 and ArcGIS for SharePoint 2.1.1. These releases add support for Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Spanish to both products.
For the ArcGIS Viewer for Silverlight, simply download and run the setup for a particular language. Then text within the Application Builder and all deployed Viewer applications will be shown in that language.
We are pleased to announce the release of ArcGIS for SharePoint version 2.1.1. This is a quick-turnaround maintenance release to fix critical bugs that were identified in the 2.1 release. The ArcGIS for SharePoint team has worked hard to address these issues quickly to minimize their impact on our users. The issues addressed include:
- A license timeout that will occur on Feb 1st, 2012
- The ArcGIS Location Field does not load on SharePoint subsites
- The ArcGIS Map Web Part does not load on Windows XP clients if data containing characters with diacritical marks (e.g. ü, ä, ñ, etc) is included in the map
Users that are currently using version 2.0, 2.1 beta, or 2.1 final can easily upgrade to the latest version. To do so, simply run the setup and select the upgrade option.
Users that have version 2.1 installed must upgrade to version 2.1.1 to continue using the product.
As always, you can check out the ArcGIS for SharePoint Resource Center for information on getting started, help using the product, and samples to show you how to build add-ins for the Map Web Part. And if you have questions, be sure to take advantage of the ArcGIS for SharePoint forum to get help from the community.
The ArcGIS for SharePoint Team
We’re very excited to announce the final releases of the ArcGIS Viewer for Silverlight 1.0 and ArcGIS for SharePoint 2.1. For both products, this is a major release that is packed with lots of great functionality. Both products allow you to interactively create and configure web mapping applications without writing code. You can easily configure the map, tools, and look and feel of each application, leveraging ArcGIS Server map and geoprocessing services. The Viewer creates applications as standalone websites, while ArcGIS for SharePoint integrates your web applications into SharePoint by hosting them in the Map Web Part.
With this version, you can:
For the second year in a row, Esri won in the Mapping and GIS Components category of Visual StudioMagazine’s (VSM’s) Readers Choice Awards for its ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight/Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). In addition, Esri received merit awards for ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS for SharePoint.
Esri created the ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight/WPF for developers who want to create web-based mapping applications quickly and easily with minimal coding. Many governments and businesses use the API because it provides an intuitive framework for creating GIS web applications, such as data portals and interactive map viewers, and combines multiple technologies into a single development platform. Esri received the same recognition for the API in the 2010 VSM Readers Choice Awards.
This is the first year Esri received merit for ArcGIS for Desktop in the GIS and Components category. ArcGIS for Desktop is a complete system for managing, analyzing, and serving maps and geographic information. Esri also won its first merit award in the SharePoint Tools and Components category for ArcGIS for SharePoint, an out-of-the-box software solution that helps users quickly create, display, and share tabular information on dynamic interactive maps within SharePoint.
“It is gratifying to see our mapping tools being widely adopted and used by the developer community,” says Jack Dangermond, Esri president.
The VSM Readers Choice Awards are based on the responses of hundreds of select VSM subscribers. The online ballot, which was compiled by the editors of VSM, included more than 400 products.
“We’re honored to have been recognized by the Visual Studio Magazine community for the second year in a row,” says Art Haddad, lead software architect at Esri. “It’s great to be recognized for ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight/WPF and especially to see the complete ArcGIS system receive meritorious recognition in the GIS and Components category.”
The winners are highlighted in the November issue of Visual Studio Magazine. Visit Visual Studio Magazine to see the full list of award recipients.
Version 2.1 Beta of ArcGIS for SharePoint is now available. This will be the first public beta of ArcGIS for SharePoint, and is being made available as part of the Esri Beta Community. To get the beta, just go to the beta community, sign up, fill out a short survey, and download the setup.
This release is built on version 2.2 of the award-winning ArcGIS API for Silverlight. The beta offers many new features and enhancements, including:
- Map Contents with Legend Capabilities
- Editing support with feature services
- Pop-ups on click
- Automatic updates on all layer types
- On-demand feature retrieval for ArcGIS feature layers
- Support for proxy-secured layers
- Wrap-around support in the Map Web Part
- Localization (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish)
You can find more details on what the release includes in the What’s new in 2.1 topic. To get started using ArcGIS for SharePoint, refer to our online help. To explore building your own tools and functionality, check out the ArcGIS for SharePoint Interactive SDK. And if you have questions or run into issues, don’t forget to use the Beta Community’s forums and bug reporting capabilities.
Thanks for your interest in ArcGIS for SharePoint. We look forward to hearing your feedback on the Beta Community site.
The ArcGIS for SharePoint Development Team
Thursday February 17th, 2011 there will be an online seminar about how to embed ArcGIS into Microsoft SharePoint, a versatile web-based collaboration platform that facilitates file and information sharing. The presentation will explore how data and services from form libraries, Business Connectivity Services, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS.com, and Bing Maps can be integrated. SharePoint allows the processing of maps and data to occur any time a new item is added or changed.
Click here for times and connection details.
The upcoming 2011 Esri Developer Summit (Palm Springs, March 7–10) offers a number of opportunties to show off your Silverlight prowess.
First, showcase your work in a presentation. We have a great community of Silverlight developers and we would love to have you share your knowledge. Whether you’re building Silverlight Web applications, Windows Phone apps, SharePoint extensions, light-weight WPF apps, WCF services to power the backend or pushing your stuff into Azure – show it off. Celebrate your epiphanies, provide tips and tricks, walk through case studies, go into the juicy details, bask in the glory. Just be sure to submit your abstract by January 7, 2011.
And second, the inaugural Light Up the Night Challenge for Silverlight developers will commence the first night of the Dev Summit, March 7 at 6pm. We’ll provide the challenge details that night, along with ample food and drinks to power your creativity. Developers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. The first 100 submissions will get a coveted t-shirt, bound to be an instant classic. Place in the top three and you’ll go home with a prize compliments of Redmond. What will the first place trophy be? A golden atlas? A shiny globe? A wooden canoe? Come join us and find out. Sign up now and start the Dev Summit off right.
The ArcGIS Silverlight/WPF, Windows Phone, and SharePoint Development Teams