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ArcGIS Explorer Release Candidate Release

ArcGIS ExplorerFor those who keep bugging me about when it will show up, I know nothing. I heard it will be available as a download by the end of this week so maybe we’ll see it really soon. Beyond that I still don’t know when it will be available to the public. The last I heard was the general public would have to wait until ArcGIS 9.2 goes public. Until then you can read up on new changes.

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Microsoft Releases IronPython – Python for .NET

IronPython LogoI know you’ve all really been waiting for this news, but IronPython has been officially released. Python is a beautiful programming language (Planet Geospatial runs on it) and I’m so happy that ArcGIS uses it for geoprocessing and now I can integrate Python right inside my existing .NET framework and interact with .NET objects.

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The Dangermond/Lewis “Land Swap”

jerrylewis.jpgI’ll be honest, I really haven’t been following this at all. I actually got contacted by a couple of reporters for the “inside take” and I had to do a quick Google News search to see what the heck they were talking about. Growing up in Orange Country California, I only knew Redlands as gas stations and truck stops (last place to get cheap gas before getting to Big Bear). It is best to try and protect space while they still have it, no matter who lives next to it.

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ESRI Prototype Lab releases GeoChat 2

Looks like Richie has been hard at work on the next release of GeoChat. You might remember it from about 6 months ago. I’ll give it a shot this week but until then these are some of the new features:

What’s new with GeoChat 2 for users?

  1. New user interface (see screenshots),
  2. Office-style alerts when new geochat messages arrive,
  3. Support for adding/removing/grouping jabber users,

What’s new in GeoChat 2 for developers?

  1. Full source code is included,
  2. Object model diagram provided for core chat assembly (ESRI.ArcGIS.Chat.dll)
  3. Migrated to .NET 2.0,
  4. Includes sample executable called “ChatSample”,
  5. Added new message type called “CustomMessage”. This allows developer to send any .NET serializable object.

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The United States Mapped by Flickr

It looks like people are able to do wonderful things with the Flickr API and a four color United States map.

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Click over to the blog post link above for a better view of this map

I’d love to see this mashed up with the “Earth at Night” image and see what happens.

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ESRI ships ArcGIS 9.2 Release Candidate

ESRI ArcGISYep those who are part of the ArcGIS 9.2 beta received their latest DVDs last week (or this week). The Release Candidate includes everything except ArcIMS and ArcGIS Server for Java (I’m sure there are more parts missing, but none that I noted). We must be very close as “ArcGIS 9.2 products not shown in this list will ship as part of the final release”. So this is it. ArcIMS 9.2 will have to wait for the final release which can’t be very far away.

ArcGIS Explorer isn’t part of this release candidate as far as I can tell, but it seems to be on a different schedule anyway.

_Update – _Looks like UPS brought the ArcGIS Server/ArcIMS for Java 9.2 Beta 2. Yep, the Java folks are so far behind. Hope it doesn’t hold up the 9.2 release.

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4 Day Weekend

I’m off for a nice 4 day weekend over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Have a great holiday everyone and I’ll be back on Tuesday.