Zillow adds more Birds’s Eye View options

Zillow Logo

I had posted last month that I was disappointed that Zillow didn’t have updated Bird’s Eye View images while Virutal Earth did. Looks like Zillow has finally gotten around to adding more Bird’s Eye View options. The following location now have Bird’s Eye View:

Our aerial Bird’s Eye coverage has nearly doubled in the past week with additional images throughout the country. At the moment we have bird’s eye coverage for approximately 37 million homes. We have brand new coverage in 80 counties and improved coverage in many more.

New ESRI Course — Developing Applications with ArcGIS Server Using the Java Platform

A couple readers emailed me to complain that I forgot to add the new Java ArcGIS Server course to my blog in addition to the .NET ones. Just an oversight I assure you. 😉

Well this ESRI course introduces the Java Web Application Development Framework and teaches you how to build custom ArcGIS Server applications. For those out there trying to develop in Java on ESRI products, my hat is off to you.

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ArcGIS Server provides a set of software components and a framework for developing centrally managed GIS applications. This advanced course introduces the Java Web Application Development Framework and teaches how to build custom ArcGIS Server applications. Students learn the basics of JavaServer Faces; about the available libraries, application programming interfaces, and server development guidelines; and how to develop different types of Web applications. In course exercises, students build JavaServer Pages Web applications that use ADF Web controls. Students also learn how to extend the ADF with custom buttons and tools through the new task framework.

I see Weather.com is now using Virtual Earth for mapping

I was checking the weather tonight to see if there was going to be any rain tomorrow morning (it appears that will be the case) and saw that Weather.com dumped their proprietary mapping and is now using Virtual Earth.

I had seen some Virtual Earth maps on Weather.com, but this is the first time I’ve seen it as the default map. It appears that Weather.com is using a Flash overlay on top of the Virtual Earth maps (double click on the map to see a cool zoom-in animation). The interface works really well and you can control the radar and cloud layers as well as the animation. And of course don’t forget you can also view the satellite image in the background if the road map isn’t your speed.

Compare the new maps to the “Classic” Weather.com graphics.

Quite an improvement! Kudos to the Virtual Earth team for getting their product out there. Shows what a more liberal licensing policy can do for a product. Can’t wait to see when they integrate VE3D into their maps. 3D clouds and rain falling should be pretty slick.

Update – The Virtual Earth (MapPoint) B2B Blog has some thoughts too.

New ESRI Course — Developing Applications with ArcGIS Server Using the Microsoft .Net Framework

Another new ESRI Course has cropped up on the the Training site. In addition to the Introduction to ArcGIS Server class, this one gets into developing applications with the .NET framework. The description is below:

ArcGIS Server provides a set of software components and a framework for developing centrally managed GIS applications. This advanced course introduces the ASP.NET Web Application Developer Framework (ADF) and teaches how to build custom ArcGIS Server applications. Students learn about the available libraries, application programming interfaces (API), and server development guidelines, and how to develop different types of Web applications. In course exercises, students build applications ranging from ASP.NET Web applications that use the ADF Web controls to ArcGIS Explorer custom tasks and server object extensions. Students also learn how to extend the ADF with custom buttons and tools through the new task framework.

Finally we are beginning to see the ArcGIS Server being pushed by ESRI.

Einstein

Einstein dabbled in ArcGIS Server during his later years

New ESRI Course — Introduction to ArcGIS Server

If you like most people have been having a hard time figuring out what the heck ArcGIS Server is and what it can do, ESRI now has a new course just for you. Called “Introduction to ArcGIS Server”, it will teach you how to install, configure, and use ArcGIS Server. The description is below:

ArcGIS Server provides a complete server-based GIS system that supports the use of centrally managed spatial data for mapping and analysis. This course introduces ArcGIS Server and teaches how to install, configure, and use the product as administrators and consumers of GIS services. Students learn how to publish maps, globes, and geoprocessing models that are optimized for performance. Students also create out-of-the-box Web applications using Manager and learn how to use GIS services in both Web applications and ArcGIS Explorer.

Get those training wheels off

Those completing this course will be able to

  • Understand the client and server components of the ArcGIS Server architecture.
  • Configure the ArcGIS Server system.
  • Administer the GIS Server and GIS services.
  • Optimize the performance of GIS services.
  • Build Web applications that consume GIS services.
  • Utilize ArcGIS Explorer to work with GIS services.

ESRI Developer Summit is Less Than a Month Away

Don’t forget to register for the Developer Summit. The early bird rate has come and gone, but you can still go and register. Also remember that you don’t need to be an ESRI customer to go so if you want to see how the ESRI developer world operates, this is your best opportunity (plus who doesn’t want to be in Palm Springs in late March?).

The ESRI ArcGIS Server Code Challenge continues to get submissions so keep checking out the blog. Given the current number of entries I’d submit something but we aren’t running 9.2 Server yet so that will have to wait for another time.

ESRI has posted the dates and times for the developer teams for ArcGIS. If you want to talk directly with these team members, make sure you note the date and time and get their early. Remember it was very crowded last year and I’m sure ESRI has done much to improve things, but you really want to be early for this kind of stuff.

If you didn’t go last year and want to get a flavor of what happens at the Dev Summit, check out some of the posts from last year.

ArcConfusion

I’ve said before this Arc”Whatever” stuff is more confusing than helpful. From an email I received yesterday:

James, hello!

I got spoiled with Google Earth! When I downloaded ArcExplorer today, I expected something similar to Google Earth, but instead I got this!

FYM (for my information), does ArcGIS have something like Google Earth?

I’m amazed any of us can keep all this ArcExplorer, ArcWeb Explorer, ArcGIS Explorer, ArcExplorer Web stuff strait.