Quick look at MapDotNet Server 2007

I went ahead and downloaded the trial for MapDotNet Server 2007 and installed it. The install went well after I installed VS2005 and IIS on my laptop (not sure how that happened). Anyway after opening VS2005, all I had to do was open up one of the templates and run the code.

I’m a little too busy today to get further into the code, but it looks very straitforward and easy to get up and running. The Wiki and forums give some insight of what is possible here. With support for ArcSDE it should be pretty easy to migrate to MapDotNet Server without much difficulty.

Now a couple of people have emailed me asking about price. You can see the costs at the I.S. Consulting website:

MapDotNet Pricing

MapDotNet Developer License $1000 ($US)
MapDotNet Runtime License $3800 ($US)

MapDotNet Maintenance

Maintenance for MapDotNet Runtime licenses is 20% of the retail license cost. The MapDotNet Developer license is always $1000 per year.

MapDotNet Maintenance includes:

  • All MapDotNet Upgrades for one year.

  • Access to the MapDotNet Support Portal including the Wiki, Forum and Blogs.

MapDotNet Developer Support

Developer Support is now available for MapDotNet customers. Developer Support is for customers that need programming help. No programming task is too difficult for the ISC Development Team. MapDotNet developer support is $200 per hour and is used in 15 minute increments. Support available for purchase at the time of the initial MapDotNet purchase or at crunch time.

MapDotNet Server 2007

The Live Maps / Virtual Earth Blog points out that the MapDotNet Server 2007 is available for download.

The basic principal is very straight forward – server based GIS with access to enterprise data, dynamically rendered for use in Web applications. You have data in Oracle Spatial, PostGIS, or ESRI shape files that you want to integrate in ASP .NET apps. MapDotNet supplies drag n drop server controls for Visual Studio to hook up to your data sources and render map layers on the fly. Advanced features include direct editing of data in ESRI ArcSDE and projection transformations.

So there you go, if you are unhappy about the cost of ArcGIS Server and run ArcSDE, this might be something to take a look at.

MapDotNet Server 2007

The WebADF licensing issue revisited

At the .NET SIG, I asked the question about the cost of the licensing and the burden it places on developers. The response from ESRI was expected as we all know their reasons for charging the price, but a couple of people asked me what they can do about it. Well the best thing you can do is complain to ESRI. If they want to charge for another license of ArcGIS Server if you run the ADF on a separate server, then you need to let them know you can’t or won’t pay that. Some wondered why ESRI would bring up that they have large clients who think AGS is TOO INEXPENSIVE when most smaller customers can’t even keep their maintenance costs up to date. We all know that those ESRI customers who pay millions and millions for ESRI software and consulting do get beneficial treatment over those who have a couple licenses (and probably rightly so), but remember together we all add up to a big chunk of ESRI revenue.

All I can say if you are still unhappy with ESRI’s stance on this, just let them know. They listen to comments so if they see that “Cost of Web ADF” is a huge issue for a large number of people, they’ll respond. If the only people they hear are those large organizations saying they feel that ArcGIS Server should be $100k, then they’ll move that way.

Coming Right at us

ArcGIS costs are coming right at us!

ESRI Dev Summit .NET SIG

DevSummit Logo

Despite the fact that the whole Developer Summit is pretty much a .NET SIG, Art Haddad and the rest of the .NET team at ESRI hosted a .NET SIG during lunch today. Dave Bouwman was definitely the highlight with his talk about the Agile process. Steve’s got a great writeup of the SIG (it is easy when you have others blog for you) and no matter if you went to the SIG or not you’ll want to keep an eye out on Dave’s blog for his slides. Great stuff with the data binding layers and I’m anxious to get back to the shop and take a look at the Visual Studio 2005 SDK to get more into domain specific language tools Dave highlighted. For more insight, check out the Channel 9 video and see why all .NET devs should be excited about this.

I’m actually leaving the Dev Summit this afternoon to go visit some clients so I won’t be able to post much about tonight and tomorrow so keep an eye out on Planet Geospatial for more info.

ESRI Developer Summit 2007 Day 1

Rob Elkins and Dave Bouwman have some great posts on the morning sessions. Rather than repeat what they’ve written I’ll point you in their direction.

The notes that most of you will be interested in is what’s planned for 2007 with ArcGIS:

  • Maintain 9.2 (bug fixes, performance, documention, critical issues)
  • Enhance ArcGIS Server (OGC, enhance Web ADF)
  • Overhaul Desktop User Interface
  • Overhaul Core GIS components (Geodatabase, mapping and graphics, Geoprocessing)
  • Develope standard mobile application framework
  • Enhance ArcGIS Online

Beyond that the new stuff in 9.3 future releases will include:
ArcObjects Core:

  • new compiler, 64-bit executibles
  • simplified API (COM, .NET, Java)
  • improve install, update, license management
    Mapping and Graphics
  • map data model (Geodatabase)
  • new graphics engine (2D & 3D)
  • integrated metadata catalog
  • XML & 64-bit object ID fileds (SDE, File Geodatabase)
  • 3D information models
  • core framework performance and improvments
    ArcGIS Desktop
  • Integrated desktop user interface
    ArcGIS Server
  • Fast dymanic map (new graphics engine)
  • Improved Geoprocessing
  • Integrated catalog and search

ESRI Developer Summit 2007 Dinner

The dinner tonight was pretty good, Mexican food is always welcome. The weird part was the music. They had these two ladies singing lounge music seemed WAY out of place for a developer summit. Some of the folks that were eating at the table seemed to think these should have been for the Business Partners Conference, not developers. Even with free beer flowing, we had to move on. Very awkward if you ask me as I doubt many sitting there know who Engelbert Humperdinck is or even his songs.

[At the Dev Summit Dinner