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.

Google’s KML Search

I’ve not really written anything up on Google’s KML Search because it really is irrelevant to me. One still can’t install Google Earth in corporate settings without paying for pro so why would I bother since none of my clients can install it (can you imagine if Adobe had such a restriction on Acrobat Reader when it started up?).

Anyway I’ve read what Directions Magazine and Ogle Earth has posted in regards to the new “service”, but Allan Doyle hit it on the head with is post, “Google’s KML Search – SDI or not?”.

Google paid for the development of KML. Google pays for the crawlers. Google pays for the servers that hold the data and respond to your search.

It’s also open. Anyone else can crawl for KML files. Anyone else can parse them, and anyone else can offer a search service for them.

But, until they do, the only way to geographically query KML is via Google Earth.

To me that’s not an SDI.

Look, I’m not saying this kind of search isn’t needed and probably there isn’t anyone other than Google that could pull it off, but limiting it to KML and not fixing the licensing issues with Google Earth just leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Get out your Google Lube

ESRI’s Support Answer Tree

Jithen notes that ESRI now has new online support tool.

The ESRI Support AnswerTree (BETA) is a now available to help you resolve many common problems encountered when attempting to license or register ArcGIS Desktop products and extensions. Note that this requires Adobe Flash 9.

I have to disagree greatly with him though:

I like the fact that it’s build in flash! Something different from most of the other ESRI sites.

Flash has no business being involved with support sites. It is hard enough to link to ESRI support documents. Granted fighting through the flash interface you can get to a document link, but I have to ask why they bothered with flash in the first place. They should have stuck to simple ajax interface and not require users to install Flash 9 to use it. Why companies put roadblocks in front of their users trying to get support just baffles me to no end.

Help has no place when Flash is in control

Being held at the mercy of Flash