Developer needed

Lets make this simple. If you have experience with:

  • Python
  • PostgreSQL
  • PostGIS
  • OpenLayers

and at least some knowledge of:

  • GeoJSON
  • FeatureServer
  • GML
  • KML
  • dealing with the above on Windows (Linux may come down the line)

and live in either Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, or New Mexico; email me

james.fee at

Position can be contract or full time work.

The ArcGIS Online Data Appliance

There has been some discussion on my blog about the ArcGIS Online Data Appliance. Most ESRI users already know what is on the thing because they have had access to the ArcGIS Online Beta.

The ArcGIS Appliance provides terabytes of pre-rendered U.S. nationwide and worldwide data that you can host on your own secure server. This data consists of 2D maps and 3D globes that are optimized for publishing with ArcGIS Server and includes worldwide imagery, street map, shaded relief, and elevation data.


So, does this excite anyone? Google of course has their own product and I know I’ve heard other companies getting ready to offer such products using ArcGIS Server and/or ArcGIS Image Server. Personally I have to think this will be a huge hit with companies that are tied to the ESRI stack (which is probably its target marketplace).

If you want to see the costs of this product, the online PDF is here.

Coming up for air

I’ve been so busy working on a 3D modeling job for the Navy that I haven’t had a second to blog. I’m usually pretty good about posting fast (if you can’t figured out, I can type faster than I can think), but these last few weeks have been tough.

I’ve been thinking about how to bring FeatureServer into workflows that require ArcGIS. Because ESRI refuses to support KML or GML complex GML out of the box, I need to think about how best to get datasets into ArcMap in a way that users can interact with it. No easy task given the requirements on my desk. We are trying to get as lightweight on the server side as we can given the budget constraints some of our clients are facing these days. FeatureServer + OpenLayers just fits that bill nicely.

I see Steve got the deCarta devZone up and running. If a banner ad with a magician can’t get people on the deCarta bandwagon, I’m not sure what can. Seriously though, if you saw the previous deCarta developer site, you can see they have something nice building there.

Well I’m sick from eating all my sons Halloween candy so I’m heading for bed. I’ve got to get some rest before fighting ArcScene and Google SketchUp tomorrow.


Oh, loneliness and leftover halloween candy are a dangerous mix.