ESRI’s GeoChat to be released

**Update – GeoChat has been released.
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GeoChat is one of those programs that ESRI has talked about in the past, but then went silent about. The thought among most of us is ESRI abandoned it, but it appears it might be released really soon.

GeoChat

If you’ve missed ESRI’s announcement at the 2005 UC on GeoChat (or just have forgotten), you can check out Richie Carmichael’s blog entry for more information.

New Book Programming MapPoint in .NET

Mappoint Book CoverI was catching up on my RSS feeds and I caught a link to this book in my .NET Technorati page. The book seems to cover MapPoint 2004, MapPoint Web Service, MapPoint Location Server and MSN Virtual Earth (aka Live Local). I wish I saw this book before today as I’ve pretty much burned though all my money buying Christmas gifts (include the Acura TL I bought for my wife today), but I’m sure I must have a Barnes and Noble gift certificate somewhere in my desk. The examples are even in C# so what they heck, I’m going to buy it right now. 🙂

Tutorial — How to Build Geoprocessing Tools

The GIS CAD Interoperability blog by Don Kuehne has part one in a series of articles on how to build geoprocessing tools. If you are an ArcGIS user (and I assume most of you are) you’ll want to learn how to build these tools as they can simplify your workflows and improve your productivity. Most old ArcInfo users had built these types of tools over and over again, but many of us seem to have abandoned this practice since 8.x was released.

ArcTools
Ah, the old days….

Mapdex Search Task for ArcGIS Explorer

OK, it doesn’t exist yet, but I want it. For those who don’t know about Mapdex, it is a huge index of web mapping services you can search to find datasets from around the world. Part of ArcGIS Explorer includes is a section that allows you to program tasks. I’d love to be able to type in a search and allow Mapdex to find the layers and then have them appear in ArcGIS Explorer. Since ArcGIS Explorer supports so many file types it could become the way to find GIS web mapping services. In fact ESRI should contact Jeremy Bartley right away to make sure this task makes it into the default ArcGIS Explorer program.

I’m not sure what ESRI has planned for the beta release, but hopefully they’ll have good support for creating and sharing these tasks (its that community thing again I’m always talking about).

AE Task List