ESRI FedUC “News”

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?

A Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Mashup

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)

ESRI Code Challenges for 2009 Developer Summit

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.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius ' and a lot of courage ' to move in the opposite direction.

Developing a GeoStack

From time to time, someone will stand up and proclaim themselves above “stacks”. I’ve done it and I’m sure you also do it. The reality is that we apply our preferences on our own GIS Stacks. Should you fear a stack As I often like to say, the best solution for the best problem. This might mean an ESRI stack one morning, a GeoServer stack in the afternoon and maybe a Microsoft stack at night. The term stack seems to be getting a bad rap in the geo world. I suppose being close minded about solutions (even within proprietary and open source stacks) can cause you to implement the wrong solution at the wrong price. I like the idea of the problem dictating what solution stack you’ll go with in the end. I’ve got preferences to my solutions, but I rarely enter a project exactly knowing what the whole stack will look like (beyond the OS). As I begin to prepare to kickoff a project next week with a client, I’m thinking tonight about what I’m working with; ArcSDE 9.2, Apache with Tomcat and Oracle 10g. Beyond that I’m free to work with whatever solution best meets the customers needs. Do we go with ArcGIS Server 9.2 or 9.3 Do we go with the Java Web ADF or the ESRI REST API Do we go with GeoServer or MapServer Do we go with the ArcGIS JavaScript API or OpenLayers?

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

Will it be door number 1, door number 2 or door number 3