ArcMap, and the whole ArcGIS Desktop suite, are powerful tools for GIS professionals to use on their desktop computers. For them, there is simply nothing better than ArcGIS Desktop, including the new ArcGIS Pro. But, when creating a web app to access location-aware data, if it looks like ArcMap, then you’re doing it wrong.
Sidwell is excited to announce the upcoming release of a new generation of Portico. This release is currently in the hands of customers as a limited beta. That makes it a good time to reflect upon the road that led to Portico for HTML5.
The ArcGIS Web AppBuilder features a novel approach to inter-widget communication. This “event bus” which wraps Dojo’s eventing framework, has posed a few challenges for this developer. The following post describes a few tricks to help you “Get on the Bus”.
Usually, folks brag about an exciting new feature they’ve implemented. In this case, I want to brag about how I was able to make an application smaller. Of course, a smaller application means less custom code that has to be maintained. I was able to reduce the application’s footprint by leveraging the new print services in the ArcGIS platform, and remove our custom print services. In the end, this move allowed me to take advantage of additional platform features to actually add functionality.
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There is a fundamental difference in the way Application Developers and GIS Analysts have traditionally approached their solutions. Unfortunately, those GIS deliverables can become quickly and dangerously outdated. But, as technology changes, traditional roles and workflows are changing, too.
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The agency I work for has not deployed ArcServer. But, our biologists really need to see their dots on a map, and they need to create dots on a map, to say nothing of some of the more complicated tasks like editing geometries and linear referencing. Installing ArcServer is outside of my control. So, to provide our biologists with the geospatial tools they required, I decided to build a spatial server into my application myself.
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