OK, you can now try out the ArcWEB SVG viewer yourself. At least for me, the performance is quite snappy using Internet Explorer and the SVG plug-in (that seems to have been installed by default probably thanks to some Adobe product on my laptop). Quite the busy day for the ArcWeb team, guess the Developer Summit got their juices flowing.
Want to see what the new MapGuide Open Source AJAX and DWF viewers look like? The Open Source Geospatial Foundation has a webpage with a couple examples for you to check out. Maybe Digg or Slashdot have linked to them because at least on my end they are pretty slow. I was talking about how ESRI could sell (or give away) the Web ADF so developers could use it in other applications, but maybe MapGuide Open Source could fit that bill also.
A friend of mine has been in Spain, checking out all the sites. Well when I heard there was a Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, I had to learn more. Well Google did get me to their website, but that didn’t help me at all because I had no idea where Bilbao was. My first thought was to put the address in Google Maps, but I got a weird “Sorry we don’t have maps at this zoom level” for Spain (I guess they don’t have as good world coverage as I thought). Anyway, the same problem occurred with Live Local (aka Virtual Earth). I didn’t have Google Earth on this computer so I was getting really frustrated. Then I though, what about ArcWeb Explorer? I took the address, loaded it into an Excel file and then uploaded that into ArcWeb Explorer. Bingo!
So you might have heard a little about Atlas at the ESRI Dev Summit or just in general in some blogs, but you don’t have a clue about what it is or how it might help you? Scott Guthrie delivered a presentation on Atlas a couple weeks ago in Europe and posted up his slides and some .NET code. What is even better is that this will work with Visual Web Developer Express so if you don’t have access to Visual Studio 2005, you can still get up to speed. I’m personally going to be taking a close look to this as our company transitions from .NET 1.1 to 2.0 and we can begin to take advantage of all the new features in the new .NET framework. The code examples are in C#, but any .NET dev should be able to get used to them.
On the heals of my Atlas post, I got an IM from a developer asking of the new .NET Web ADF will work with the Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition. I believe this question was asked in some sessions (though for the life of me I can’t remember nor did I write it down) and the answer was MAYBE. I’m guessing if it is important to you for this ADF to be available for the “free” versions of Visual Studio, you’d better let the development team know.
Time to sit back and keep an eye out in early April for ArcWeb Labs and ArcGIS 9.2 Beta 2 should be out in the next month or two also. Guess we’ll be seeing blogs.esri.com follow and there has been a threat by the Java team to really start blogging so we might just have to hold them to that.