Dave Smith has blogged about the first day “highlights” and I have to say I’m not impressed with the FedUC this year. Not much news coming out which is surprising since most people I know on the east coast are treating it at their UC this year (travel to San Diego is not happening for many people). The FedUC has always been more about application of technology than anything else so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the big news is ArcGIS Explorer Build 900 being showcased.
I suspect the real news will happen at the Business Partner Conference and Developer Summit where we’ll learn more about ArcGIS 9.4 and get some hands on with ArcGIS 9.3.1. Maybe we’ll hear more about the new Silverlight API which I was thinking would have been shown more than it was at the FedUC.
I guess for now we’ll just have to imagine what this means since no one is explaining it.
…ESRI is introducing the concept of ‘layer packages’ which they believe will facilitate better data sharing. Layers referencing features can be packaged as an email or sent to the ‘cloud’ as a searchable data file. ‘To me, this is a big deal,’ said Dnagermond [sic]. Users will share the data and the knowledge acquired in creating their data. ESRI see users setting up a communities to share data but only those working on the project can have access to it. For those in secure environments this will be able to be used in their own back office environment.
the cloud eh?
If you are looking for a really simple way to move datasets from ArcGIS Desktop to Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Vish has you covered. ArcToSQL2008 is an ArcCatalog command to export FeatureClasses to SQL Server 2008.
Much like Fletch deams of being a Laker, we dream of direct connect to SQL Server 2008 from ArcGIS.
So last night I go to pick up the latest SI Swimsuit edition to read the articles and noticed on the front cover there was a girl wearing a painted on map swimsuit. I can’t believe Microsoft and Google missed out on an opportunity to sponsor the shoot like that. Maybe next year Cloudmade will put a little OSM on the cover, so to speak.
Brooklyn Decker – Sports Illustrated 2009 Swimsuit Model (Link is probably NSFW)
Last year ESRI had a good developer contest for ArcGIS Server. This year it is even better (and easier). There are two contests; the ArcGIS Server Mashup Challenge and the ArcGIS Mobile Challenge. Why is it better? Well for starters, ArcGIS 9.3 Server is a much better developer environment than 9.2 was (heck, you can create a mashup without knowing a thing about coding) and now there is also a ArcGIS Mobile contest as well (for those who roll that way).
You must be a licensed user of ArcGIS Server 9.2 or 9.3 and all entries must be submitted by March 6, 2009.
Apparently people have nothing to do this morning but bug me to post an open thread. So in the spirit of bipartisanism, knock your self out you crazy Manifold users.
ESRI has posted a preview video of ArcGIS Explorer build 900. I’m looking forward to seeing it in person at the Dev Summit.
I can’t wait until next week to find out our stack.
Will it be the stack behind door number 1, door number 2 or door number 3