Thinking about the 2005 ESRI User Conference

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Well by this time next week, most of us will be enjoying yet another ESRI User Conference. I believe this is my 10th and 5th in a row. My focus on the UC has changed over the years, but I still enjoy going. I’m just amazed at how big it has become since moving to San Diego from Palm Springs. There are a couple things I’m looking forward to and I thought I’d list them here in no real order.

  • ArcSDE on PostgreSQL – I’ve got no problem with Oracle, just that many of our clients just can’t afford it. PostgreSQL would fit that bill perfectly. I’m not too high on MySQL so I don’t care too much about support of the RDBMS, but PostgreSQL would be super.
  • Open ArcWeb Services – Given the press that Google Maps has gotten, I’d love to see Jack announce that they will open up a reduced functionality version of ArcWeb Services for free. Then all ESRI has to do is convince people to start using it (blog about it!).
  • Meeting everyone at the blogger meet up – I’m looking forward to meeting many of you.
  • ArcGIS 9.2 – I’ve seen some peaks at what might be announced with 9.2 and I’m quite interested. I’m going to try and go to as many Technical Workshops as I can.
  • ArcGIS .NET Developer Special Interest Group Meeting (dead link) – Art Haddad has posted some interesting thoughts on his blog over the past week. I’d like to see more of what he’s talking about.
  • Jithen Singh on ArcGIS Server Implementation – I’m always interesting in “real” implementations of ESRI software. We usually have tight deadlines and it sounds like Jithen did too.
  • ESRI Developer Network – We’ve got one subscription and getting ready to order another. I want to make sure we get the most out of EDN so I’ll try and spend some time with folks over at the EDN Island (can I assume you’ll have an island?).

Oh I’m sure they’ll be more that will creep up during this week as we learn more about what will be announced. I’d also like to stop at the Thales Navigation booth and take a look at the MobileMapper CE GPS unit. We are getting ready to replace our old one and I like what I’ve seen from Thales.

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