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    Friday, December 30, 2005

    Goodbye to 05

    Well it’s the last work day of 2005 here at ESRI.  Monday (Jan. 2nd) is a holiday and I think most people are going to take advantage of another long weekend.  I’m leave early today as a good friend is getting married here in Redlands at the LDS Temple.

    2005 has a big year I’m hoping for even bigger things in 2006.  Here are some of the highlights of 2005.
    • Taking part in the FedUC in Washington, DC

    • The launch of the EDN program in February at the Business Partner Conf.

    • The release of ArcGIS 9.1 (ArcReader gets support for 3D)

    • UC 2005

    • The explosion of GIS bloggers

    • PDC 2005 in LA

    • Seeing the Vertigo Tour 4 times.

    • Being part of the European User Conference in Warsaw and the first ever Nordic Developer Conference in Stockholm

    • The announcement of the ESRI Developer Summit

    • Development complete on beta for ArcGIS 9.2 and the announcement of Explorer.

    2006 should be another exciting year as there are lots of opportunities and challenges to be better and start new things.  On a personal note, the other big highlight for me this year was the fact that I final lost some weight and got in shape.  Thanks to the Body for Life program, I lost nearly 70 pounds in 2005 and feel great.

    Wednesday, December 28, 2005

    Best of Out-Of-The-Office auto-replies

    Best of Out-Of-The-Office auto-replies:
    I'm getting a lot of the Out-Of-The-Office auto-replies this week as a lot of people are on vacation.
    I've been getting the standard replies but I think some of these are pretty funny.

    .Net Training

    In the latest MSDN Flash email, I noticed that MSDN and MS Learning are offering a free online learning course. You can choose from one of six Visual Basic or one of nine ASP.NET 2.0 courses. You'll also receive 30% off your next class. Be sure to sign up and select your class by January 4, 2006. (You don't need to take the course by that date.)

    “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed”
    – Theodore Roosevelt

    Tuesday, December 27, 2005

    Programming ASP.NET for ArcGIS Server - Book

    I hadn't heard of this book until a friend recently brought it to my attention.

    Programming ASP.NET for ArcGIS Server
    Vincent Zhuang, Dave Wrazien, Minhua Wang and Xiaowen Huang
    OnWard Press, 2005
    ISBN: 1-4180-1875-9
    Amazon link

    GIS Matters: ArcGIS Q & A

    GIS Matters: ArcGIS Q & A
    David M. shares a few questions and answers on his blog.

    "Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true." - Leon J. Suenes


    While I was waiting for one of my machines to be backed-up, I decided to browser around  Whenever I start clicking around the corporate website, I always come across section that I’ve never seen before.  Today I came across the Systems Integration Services page where there is a Technical Briefs section with several interesting technical papers. I’ve saved a few of the papers locally to my “to Review” folder. This is a folder on my Tablet PC that I save different articles and papers that I come across that I want to try and read when I have some free time.  Unfortunately, the folder is full but hopefully over the Christmas break can review some of the docs I’ve saved.

    The backup of my critical data is done so make to work.

    ESRI Events

    I was just making sure I had the Developer Summit on my calendar and noticed that there are several big ESRI events in the first half of 2006. I’ll be in Palm Springs for the Dev Summit and Business Partner Conference. Are you planning on attending any of these events 2006?

    First Asia-Pacific Conference for ESRI Users
    January 12–13, 2006 · Hong Kong, China
    Federal User Conference
    January 31–February 2, 2006 · Washington, D.C.
    Developer Summit
    March 17–18, 2006 · Palm Springs, CA
    Worldwide Business Partner Conference
    March 18–21, 2006 · Palm Springs, CA
    Business GeoInfo Summit
    May 1–2, 2006 · Boston, MA

    As for my calendar, I got a new one with weekly quotes…

    “Try not to become a man of success but a man of value” – Albert Einstein

    Friday, December 23, 2005

    2006 ESRI Developer Summit: Technical Session Agenda

    2006 ESRI Developer Summit: Technical Session Agenda
    The current list of planned Technical Sessions for the Developer Summit is online. More information on these sessions will be added in January.

    We wanted to share this list of session titles with you now to get feedback. This is not the final agenda as I'm sure session titles and times will change a little but it's a start.

    FYI: Today (Dec 23rd) and Monday (Dec 26th) are holidays here at ESRI in Redlands so most employees aren’t at work.

    Wednesday, December 21, 2005

    ArcSDE 9.1 SP1 adds support for SQL Server 2005

    Patches and Service Packs - ESRI Support
    ArcSDE 9.1 SP1 is now available for download and adds support for Microsoft's SQL Server 2005.

    Dev Summit planning

    I see that the ESRI Developer Summit conference page has been updated with a high-level schedule for the 2 days. There is a lot of work going into the planning for the technical sessions and we hope to share the list of planned Tech Session soon. I’m looking for feedback ( on Special Interest Group meetings that you’d like to see at the Developer Summit.

    Tuesday, December 20, 2005

    New White Paper on mixing versions of ArcGIS

    Ideally, ArcGIS enterprise systems should standardize on a single ArcGIS software version between clients and servers throughout the organization. However, upgrading such systems can result in an environment where ArcGIS clients are of a different software version than the multi-user geodatabase. This paper discusses the issues that can result from such a configuration, specifically with the following configurations.
    - ArcGIS 8.3 geodatabase with ArcGIS 8.3 and 9 clients
    - ArcGIS 9 geodatabase with ArcGIS 9 and 9.1 clients

    Monday, December 19, 2005

    Happy Holidays from the National Geographic Channel

    Happy Xmas from the National Geographic Channel
    Check out this link from the National Geographic Channel. This is good information to know as a notoriously bad speller.

    Friday, December 16, 2005

    EDN Suggestions

    It’s good to see the GIS bloggers haven’t gone on holiday yet. Looks like James is getting lots of comments on his blog. I just want to say that I’m not going away for the Christmas holiday and will be at work all next week and welcome any suggestions on improving EDN. I have several of my own suggestion and am working with the teams here to try and improve our developer resources but I’d love your specific recommendations. The launch of the EDN program and web site last February was a good first step but it was just a step, hopefully we can march forward together creating a community of GIS developers.

    Brian and I have spent a lot of time over the last few weeks preparing the agenda for the upcoming ESRI Developer Summit. I hope to share this with everyone as soon as possible. The UC tab on the EDN site is in the progress off being updated to host infomration on the Developer Summit. Our goal is for the summit to be a true developer event with high quality technical sessions and plenty of opportunities to meet with the ESRI development teams.

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005

    OLAP for ArcGIS

    Browsing around the ESRI web site last night, I came across a new free add-on for ArcGIS Desktop called OLAP for ArcGIS. OLAP stands for "Online Analytical Processing"

    With OLAP for ArcGIS, you can
    • Create and manage connections to OLAP databases
    • Create and view tables based on OLAP data
    • Join and relate feature classes to OLAP tables for display in ArcMap

    Some more information on OLAP

    ArcPad 7

    The ArcPad 7 evaluation version is now available for downloading. The boxed version of ArcPad 7 and ArcPad Application Builder 7 will be available in January 2006.

    To download the ArcPad 7 evaluation and for more information about whatĂ‚’s new in ArcPad 7 visit

    In myopinionn, this is a big release for ArcPad, new features include:
    • Quicker access and loading of spatial data
    • Support for ArcGIS symbology and style sheets
    • Advanced editing tools, including offsets, repeated attributes, segmented line features, snapping, and undo
    • Integrated support for rangefinders and digital cameras
    • Support for freehand marking and taking notes on maps
    • Usability enhancements that streamline connecting a GPS and creating custom input forms
    • Support for new raster data formats: JPEG 2000, TIFF, MrSID MG3, and GIF
    • Simple form customization within ArcPad

    Monday, December 12, 2005
    Not many post yet but the title of this blog ( got me to subscribe.

    Friday, December 09, 2005

    ESRI Developer Summit

    Looks like the press release for the first ever ESRI Developer Summit went out yesterday.  I’ve been working with the conference management team lot this week on designing the technical session tracks.  We are trying to pack as much into the 2 days as possible; there will be over 30 technical sessions, several Special Interest Group meetings and still plenty of time to talk with the different development teams.

    Hope to see you in Palm Springs next year.

    The white stuff

    After a week of below average temperatures and a little rain overnight, I can for the first time this season; see snow on the tops of the local mountains. It’s very pleasant here in Redlands but the snow is not too far way nor is the beach. I think I’m going to try and take the family to beach between Christmas and New Year’s.  I think my wife and kids would enjoy that more then a trip up the mountains for the snow.

    Wednesday, December 07, 2005

    ArcWeb 2006: Learn - Use - Develop - Build

    ArcWeb Services 2006
    I really like how the ArcWeb Services team has laid out their web site with tabs for Learn, Use, Develop, and Build

    If you've never used ArcWeb, I encourage you to sign-up for a free evaluation and don't forget if you are and EDN subscriber you get plenty of ArcWeb credits for development of a custom

    There are also some pretty cool ways that ArcWeb support is being add to ArcReader for the next release.

    Monday, December 05, 2005

    Does ESRI Support 64-bit processors with ArcGIS Products?

    To find the answer, I recently search the ESRI Support Knowledge Base and found the following article.

    Free C# to VisualBasic.Net to C# Code Converter

    Checkout this free online code converter for C# to VB.Net

    ArcGIS 9.1 Service Pack 1 - Announcement

    Patches and Service Packs - ESRI Support
    ESRI announces ArcGIS 9.1 Service Pack 1. Our target release date is December, 2005. This Service Pack contains several maintenance fixes and performance improvements.

    Issues Addressed with this Service Pack

    Wednesday, November 30, 2005

    GIS Case Study from South Carolina

    Having been born and raised in the Palmetto state, this recently released case study caught my attention.

    It’s a quick read on how a state agency is using GIS for emergency response and public health awareness applications.

    Cold Walk

    As many of you know, I have the luxury of being able to walk to work. This is normally very enjoyable this time of year.  But the last few mornings, have been quite cold for Redlands.  At 7:00am this morning, it was 39 F… I know 39 F is warm for some parts of the world this time of year but for us in California it’s cold.

    Tuesday, November 29, 2005

    Use IM to Ask Encarta

    If you add to your MSN IM contacts list, you can ask it questions, For example:

    • What is the size of Mexico?
    • When was Leonardo da Vinci born?
    • How many calories are there in an orange?
    • I want to see the map of Italy.
    • When was Abraham Lincoln born?
    • Solve 2x^2+7x=5

    2006 ESRI Developer Summit: Registration Open

    2006 ESRI Developer Summit: Register
    Online registration for the Developer Summit is live. Make sure you register early to take advantage of the "Early Bird" discount.

    March is a great time to visit Palm Springs so start making plans to joins for this special developer focused event.

    Monday, November 28, 2005

    ESRI Virtual Campus News

    Free Live Training Seminar: Making Better Map Layouts
    Join us on Thursday, December 1 at 9am, 11am, or 3pm Pacific Time for an overview of general cartographic concepts as well as how to use basic ArcMap tools to create effective maps.

    Free Archived Training Seminar: Introduction to ArcGIS for Developers
    Developers looking to spatially enable existing enterprise applications or build custom mapping and GIS applications will enjoy this seminar. Rob Elkins, product manager for ArcGIS developer products, discusses the resources and opportunities available through the ESRI Developer Network.

    New Blog on GIS and CAD

    Don Kuehne, a fellow member of the ESRI Technical Product Managment team, has started a blog related to ArcGIS and CAD.

    So for all you CAD user, make sure and subscribe to Don's feed.


    Had a really nice trip to Arizona for the Thanksgiving holiday last week the only problem was the traffic trying to get back into Southern California. Just wanted to say thanks to the readers of this blog for putting up with my spelling and grammar errors. I hope to blog more as we get closer to the 9.2 release and the ESRI Developer Conference.

    Friday, November 18, 2005

    Photos from Stockholm

    Here are some photos from my trip earlier this month to Stockholm, Sweden. It was a lot of fun but it was cold compared to Southern California.

    Photos from Warsaw

    I finally got around to posting some photos from my recent trip to Warsaw, Poland. I was there for the ESRI European Conference and had a great time and really enjoyed the opportunity to see Warsaw.

    Thursday, November 17, 2005

    New ESRI Virtual Campus Workshop: Introduction to Map Production System

    GIS article on CNN - 'Geocoding' used to locate - Katrina survivors
    A friend outside the GIS industry sent me this article from CNN and said... "Looks like all that mapping stuff you do is valuable". He was joking but at the same time it's good to see the value of GIS being reported by the major news outlets.

    Rivalry Week

    Rise and Shout the Cougars are out!

    For those that know me out of work, know that I’m a big sports fan. I love late fall because it’s college football rivalry games. This Saturday, I’ll be cheering hard for my BYU Cougars vs. Utah and the South Carolina Gamecocks as they battle Clemson.

    Monday, November 07, 2005

    PDC Session now online

    Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2005

    Microsoft is streaming over 250 hours of sessions for this years PDC in Los Angeles.

    Wednesday, November 02, 2005

    ESRI Developer Summit

    While here in Stockholm, enjoying some good wireless access, I noticed that the web site for the ESRI Developer Summit is live. The EDN team is heavily involved with this upcoming event and hopefully you will all be able to join us in Palm Springs next March. We are planning the Summit right now and would like your feedback on session subjects. The goal is to make this a true developer level event but also an event for GIS developers from around the world to come together and network.

    Nov 3rd - Updated with correct Summit logo

    Nordic Dev Conference

    I'm in Stockholm, Sweden this week at the ESRI Nordic Developer Conference put on by ESRI-Sweden with support from Microsoft and IBM. I gave several presentations yesterday about the different developer opportunities with ArcGIS. The conference has 3 tracks (.Net, Java, and IT Business). It's been really good to be here and meet with the developers and share some information on what's possible as a developer with ArcGIS. Representing IBM here at the conference was Dan who before working for IBM helped with the initial release ArcGIS Engine and the Java API. Here's a picture of Dan, Eric and I in Stockholm...

    Thursday, October 27, 2005


    Thing are going well here in Warsaw for the ESRI European Users Conference. Yesterday at the plenary session Jack outlined his vision of GIS helping us manage our world and talk about the advances in the ArcGIS platform.  David Maguire and other ESRI staff then did several demos of the new ArcGIS 9.2 features.  I showed the new ArcGIS Engine developer controls and commands for developers.  Then towards the end of the day, David and I announced and showed ArcGIS Explorer for the first time publicly.  I got a lot of positive feedback on the new UI design and the ability to work with several different Servers.

    Today I’m meeting with users and holding a Developer Special Interest Group at lunch.  Then this afternoon there will be several developer focused sessions.

    Posted from the Warsaw Palace of Culture.

    Monday, October 24, 2005

    ESRI European User Conference

    I arrived in Warsaw, Poland last night for the European User Conference this week. Tomorrow I’ll be giving pre-conference seminars on “ArcGIS for Developers” and “Introduction to ArcGIS Engine”. Then once the conference starts on Wednesday I’ll be presenting a few other sessions and meeting with ESRI users here in Poland. This is my first trip to Eastern Europe… The weather is cold compared to California but not too bad. It’s nice to see the fall colors, I really like it when the leaves change colors in the fall. I haven’t seen too much of Warsaw yet but did walk by a beautiful park today right in the middle of downtown.

    ESRI Virtual Campus

    It’s been a busy time the last few weeks as I’ve been getting ready for several presentations and working the 9.2 beta release. Hopefully a few of you were able to attend the virtual seminar that Brian and I did last week on developing with ArcGIS. That was my first experience with live internet training and I was quite impressed with the ESRI Virtual Campus team. They put a lot of work in getting free seminars available almost every month. Being live, we got some good question from around the world. Brian and I weren’t able to answer most of them so I’m going to request the transcript and try and answer a few more on the EDN site. If you missed it live, it will be available on demand later this week.

    Monday, October 03, 2005

    National Geographic Society Case Study

    This case study examines how the National Geographic Society used ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit to build a custom application to make data and maps accessible to museum visitors. The Engine applications use GlobeControl for 3D visualization of the data.

    View the PDF at

    Thursday, September 29, 2005

    ArcGIS for Developers: Free Web Seminar

    Next month (October 20th) I'll be doing a live training seminar on the ESRI Virtual Campus about ArcGIS for Developers. It will be a high-level introduction to developer opportunities with ArcGIS Desktop, Engine, and Server. I'm going to get Brian to help out so it should be a good introduction to ArcGIS for developers.

    Tuesday, September 27, 2005

    Project to Trace Human Migration

    Project to Trace Human Migration

    As I was setting up a demo machine and waiting for Visual Studio .Net to install, I flipped through an issue of ComputerWorld and found an interesting article on IBM and the National Geographic Society teaming up to trace human migration. I would assume there will be some mapping and GIS spatial analysis in this project.  

    There was a time back in college after I returned from my mission to Guatemala that considered studying anthropology but after a few classes I became more interested in Geography and the study of why behind the where. However anthropological studies like this one that have a spatial component are still very interesting to me. It will be interesting to see what comes out of this IBM / NGS project.

    100th Post

    I haven't been posting a lot lately and I will not make any excuses... But I am going to try and write more.... Blogger, the provider of this free blog, doesn't provide many reporting or statistics but they do keep track of the number of post. I noticed that I was at 99 so I decided to go ahead and post for the 100th time on this little blog. I appreciate the feedback and comments and hopefully as I try and post more, I can get more comments from you.

    ArcGIS Schematics

    ArcGIS Schematics is an ArcGIS extension that enables users to automatically generate, visualize, and manipulate schemas and diagrams from network data. This white paper provides details about ArcGIS Schematics.

    Currently Schematics is an extension to ArcGIS Desktop but in future releases will be available to Engine developers.

    Anyone had any experience with Schematics?

    Monday, September 26, 2005

    Blogging via MS Word

    This is a test of how the Blogger add-in for MS Word.  After installing the free plug-in to Word, it appears that I can now write and post to my Blogger account directly from Word.  The first thing I have noticed is that you can’t have Outlook open to use the Blogger add-in if Word is your email editor.

    Monday, September 05, 2005

    Do you have a wiki?

    I came across a nice summary article of Wiki in Information Week see

    What do you use for collbration? Wiki, SharePoint, Email, or something else.

    Thursday, September 01, 2005


    As you have noticed, I haven't posted anything in several weeks and that is because I've been on a family vacation back to the South. I went back to my home state of South Carolina to visit my parents and other family members. It was a nice break but now I've got a pile of work and hundreds of emails to go through.

    This fall should be exciting as development on the ArcGIS 9.2 release reaches beta and the EDN program continues to grow. I'll be at the PDC in LA in a few weeks - let me know if you are going to the PDC and we can meet up.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2005

    Getting Started with ArcObjects

    I’ve been asked about what resources are available to get started with developing with ArcObjects.

    If you are using ArcGIS Desktop, I would start online and take a look at the ArcGIS Desktop Developer Guide. See

    For ArcGIS Engine

    You might also consider some free online training for ESRI’s virtual campus.
    Exploring the VBA Environment
    Getting Started with ArcObjects in ArcGIS

    There is also a book from ESRI Press titlted Getting to Know ArcObjects.

    Do you have any suggestion on getting started with ArcObjects?

    Monday, August 08, 2005

    Terrain Table

    Several friends at the User Conference commented on the Terrain Table that was demoed at the UC. For those that didn’t make it to the conference or didn't find it in the huge exhibit hall, the UC Blog has a post that includes a short video of the table in action.

    Tuesday, August 02, 2005

    "Why didn't I know about ArcWeb Services before?"

    Fantom Planet comments on ArcWeb and ask himself. "Why didn't I know about ArcWeb Services before?"

    I saw some really impressive new features in the upcoming release of ArcWeb Services. The new viewer looks great and the ability to integrate your own data into ArcWeb will provide a lot of new opportunities for ArcWeb.

    I also agree with Brian that the new public ArcWeb Services is huge.

    Monday, August 01, 2005

    10 things about the ESRI User Conference

    Adena from Directions Magazine wrote her 10 "Takeaways" from the conference. I think she makes some good points. I'm still organizing all my notes from 7 days in San Diego.

    What are your takeaways from the conference?

    Friday, July 29, 2005

    ESRI UC 2005 – Thursday Night Party

    The theme for this year’s party was “Heart of Africa” and I think it was one of the best ESRI parties ever. The crowd was large, the food was really good, and everyone was having a good time. I had a great view of the fireworks being fired from the San Diego bay which was one of the highlights of the night. Gridlock, the ESRI employee band had everyone rocking and celebrating another successful User Conference.

    I personally think the ESRI Events and Conference Management Team did a great job this year. Not only with the party but all aspect of the conference, I think everything went really well this year.

    ESRI UC 2005 – More on Thursday

    Several developer related session were really popular this year…

    .Net for ArcGIS Developers was very popular as there seems to be more and more VB 6 developers moving to VB.Net or C#

    The Road Ahead session had large crowds as the different developer leads from ESRI talked about the 9.2 projects.

    At the same time, the VBA and Java developer sessions got a lot of interest here in San Diego.

    I also walked by some cartographic session that were standing room only.

    ESRI UC 2005 - Thursday

    The conference continues with hundreds of sessions and booths to visit. I spend most of Thursday co-presenting some of the developer sessions and talking with developers in the EDN booth. In the EDN session we outlined our goals for this new developer program that was launched earlier this year.

    EDN Goals
    • Make the ESRI software platform available to all developers
    • Help developers build the best possible solutions
    • Support developers with community resources

    We have gotten a lot of good feedback this week about EDN as there seems to be more and more developers using ESRI products.

    Wednesday, July 27, 2005

    ESRI UC 2005 (Wednesday)

    More Technical session on my schedule for Wednesday… First up was the ArcGIS Developer Road Ahead session. This session was represented by the different development leads of the 9.2 projects that focus on user of ESRI software that are developers. There isn’t time to go into everything but here are a few highlights:

    Key goal for the 9.2 release is simplification
    – Coarse grained APIs (More controls and commands)
    – IDE integration for Visual Studio and Eclipse
    – Enhanced documentation and support
    – Community resources via EDN

    There were several good demos of the Visual Studio .Net integration and the work being done with Java. I think one of the biggest things for developers will be the addition of Geoprocessing with Engine and Servers. Developers will be able to create custom solutions that execute geoprocessing tools and models.

    Tuesday, July 26, 2005

    ESRI UC 2005 – Tuesday

    It’s Tuesday and that means that the technical workshops, paper presentations, and the exhibit hall are open. I helped present a few sessions on EDN and developer opportunities with ArcGIS Engine. This afternoon, I’m going to spend some time at the EDN booth in the ESRI Showcase so stop by and say hello.

    Tuesday night is all about user groups, there are groups based on geography, industry and software so it’s a fun time to meet up with old and new friends.

    Don’t forget that Wednesday evening is the EDN blogger meet up at Dick’s Last Resort at 6pm. Anyone who blogs or reads blogs or just interested is welcome to join us for a little tail-gating before the baseball game.

    ESRI UC 2005 - Monday afternoon

    The plenary session finished strong after lunch with some 4th graders talking about their work with ArcView in studying the horny toad frog in Washington.

    Jane Goodall was the featured keynote to close the session and was really interesting. She definitely had the crowd’s attention. Unfortunately I had to leave early for a meeting…

    Monday night I went out to dinner with friends and had a great dinner at McCormick & Schmick´s in the Omni Hotel. I then headed back to my room as I have 3 session to help present on Tuesday.

    Monday, July 25, 2005

    Plenary part 2 (10:30am – 12:00)

    Next up is the technology / solutions / product demos

    The session started with a video of Scott Morehouse, Director of Software Development and other ESRI Software Architects talking about the different development projects for the 9.2 release.

    Here are the different big demos presented by ESRI staff.

    Usability enhancements for 9.2
    7. Mouse and keyboard shortcuts - Scroll wheel, and hot keys for switching between tools
    6. Customize map scale control (add commonly used scales) and customized the zoom to full extent command
    5. Ability to view metadata from ArcMap / Layers List same every where
    4. Improved CAD Support
    3. Go to XY tool
    2. New Measure tool and Table enhancements
    1. Connect directly to Excel spread sheets.

    Cartography "“Maps have attitude"
    This demo was all about using ArcMap to edit the cartography of the map. The audience around me was really impressed with these new cartographic representation tools.

    Spatial Analysis and Modeling
    New charting tools
    Animation tools
    New GP layer for pre-symbolizing the results of a model and attached the layer to the model. And the support of looping in a GP model
    ArcGIS Server can run GP models
    New sketching tools

    Land Record Management
    Cadastral tools in Survey Analyst
    GDB History
    New ArcIMS Designer and Viewer

    Managing Infrastructure
    ArcPad 7
    Schematics extension
    Enterprise Integration with IBM Websphere ArcWeb Services and SAP
    SQL API for Oracle

    Business Intelligences
    Business Analyst
    Customer Segmentation
    Managing Business

    Geographic Awareness
    ArcWeb new viewer is fast and has a lot of functionality as a web application
    Collaboration - New free extension called GeoChat
    GIS databases are big - the demo used a 9TB geodatabase
    Terrain in the GDB
    Real Time analyst
    Full motion video in ArcGIS Desktop

    The final part of the demo showed off a custom Enginapplicationon running a the Touch Table and Terrian Table for a wide range ocollaborationon and visualization.

    I'm off to lunch with a good friend that gave me my first job in GIS.

    GIS… helping manage our world

    The orientation of the stage is different this year, wide stage and screens with audience not as deep but really wide.

    There was a count down to start the show and it did start right on time at 8:30am.

    As an ESRI employee, I always enjoy the opening video. This years video was to the music Over the Rainbow and showed people from all walks of life, all over the world using GIS and maps.

    Jack Dangermond, President and co-founder of ESRI, enter the stage to applause and welcome everyone to the 25th ESRI User Conference. He then highlighted some of the work by user to help manage our world through screenshots and a really good video with GIS professionals around the world talking about there work.

    First demo was from the GIS Manager form Murray City, Utah.
    Showed and talked about using ArcGIS 9.1 Network Analyst to find the safest route for kids to walk to school. He also showed his work to help determine the best possible location for the new stadium in Salt Lake for the REAL Salt Lake professional soccer team.

    Jack then spent some time on the theme of the conference GIS... helping manage our world
    • World is changing
    • Things need to be managed better
    • GIS is valuable - It's a framework for managing human activities
    • GIS is evolving on the Internet
    • Individual systems are becoming connected intosystemstem of sytems
    • Geo-data is more available then ever before
    • GIS Web Services will provide the Framework (GeoWeb)
    • Enabling Technology (Faster hardware, increased bandwidth, standards, GIS software)

    ESRI Software Strategies

    • Enhance ArcGIS Desktop
    • Simplify and strength GeoData management
    • Extend ArcGIS Server
    • More mobile tools
      Improve the developer experience

    Clint Brown, Director of Software Products via a video talked about the documentation projects going on to improve the software usability and documentation.

    Jack then started talking about the different groups of ESRI Software (Desktop, Server, Mobile, and Developer) and the new features at the 9.2 release.

    I'm not going to go into all the 9.2 features as Iinformationt infomration will bdetailred in detial over the weeks to come.

    After the product and technology review, Jack talked some about the purpose of ESRI in it's 36th year.

    • Advance GIS
    • Serve Users and Partners
    • Develop Professional GIS Workforce
    • Support out employees

    Up next are the product demos...

    The Plenary Session

    The ESRI User Conference officially began this morning with the start of the plenary session. I'll post my notes later this morning.

    I always enjoy the plenary session as it's a great way to see all the ways that GIS is being used around the world.

    More to come...

    Sunday, July 24, 2005

    ESRI UC 2005 – Sunday (July 24th)

    Happy Pioneer Day for all attending the UC from the state of Utah.

    Today was my easy day at the conference, we setup the EDN Island this morning (check the pictures). This afternoon I had some meetings and met up with some users working with ArcGIS Engine. Now the Welcome Social is going on and it’s a party. There’s food, drink, music and some displays for each of the 25 User Conference.

    UC 2005 – Saturday (July 23rd)

    It’s on… Got up this morning and had a nice jog with Chris before heading over to the convention center for the pre-conference seminars. Up first was the ArcGIS for Developers Overview, after lunch it’s the Building Applications with ArcGIS Engine session. These are the sessions I’m involved with but there are several other developer seminars for ArcGIS Desktop developers and a new seminar for Java development with ArcObjects today. If you attended any of these sessions, I'd like to get your feedback via the EDN site.

    Looks like Flickr has approved my account some I will start posting more photos.

    UC 2005 – Friday (July 22nd)

    I took the ESRI bus from Redlands to San Diego Friday afternoon for some meetings. San Diego like most of the US is warmer then normally but still much cooler the Redlands. I’m staying at the Marriott Marina and have a nice view of both the bay and downtown. San Diego has changed over the years that I’ve been attending and working the User Conference. There are several more high-rise buildings and hotels and the conventions center is a lot bigger.

    Wednesday, July 20, 2005

    Full Wireless Coverage at the Conference

    Looks like the entire San Diego Convention Center will have wireless entire access. So don't forget to comment on the EDN developer sessions at And make sure you stop by the EDN booth and say hello.

    Tuesday, July 19, 2005

    San Diego

    Suggests on having fun in San Diego (Note: I’m a family man that doesn’t drink so my definition of fun my be a little different)

    • Enjoy San Diego! The weather is great in July but it can get a little cool in the evenings so a light weight jacket or sweater is recommended.
    • Near the convention center there are the Embarcadero Marina Parks that are right on the water which are great for a morning jog or evening walk.
    • The place at night is the “Gas Lamp” district. That’s where most restaurants and bars are located. There will also be lots of ESRI staff and conference attendees there at nights
    • Go to a Padres game, the stadium is right downtown near the convention center. There are games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and again on Thursday afternoon.
    • The Thursday night party is great! But I would suggest going a little late as there is always a big line to get in when the party starts. They never run out of food so I wait till the line goes down.
    • At the party, stay till the fireworks show around 9:00pm. The fireworks are launched from a boat in the bay and it’s quite impressive.
    • I recommend going to Old Town San Diego for dinner one night. There are several really good Mexican restaurants. I can’t go to San Diego without having dinner at the Old Town Mexican CafĂ©. They have the best tortillas in the US in my opinion.
    • For beaches, I recommend Mission Beach. California beach water can be a little cold so be prepared.
    • La Jolla Cove is another great place to visit and watch the seals.
    • If you are bring your kids, I recommend the world famous San Diego Zoo.
    • For shopping, Horton Plaza is right downtown and there is also the Sea Port village. (Don’t forget to bring something home for your significate other).

    See you in San Diego…

    Monday, July 18, 2005

    EDN – UC 2005

    There is a new tab across the top of the EDN site – UC 2005. This is the place for User Conference related information for all you developers out there. It’s got your day by day developer schedule to help you find your way through all the different tracks and sessions. You can also post comments and rate any the of the developer sessions. There is also a quick survey regarding the User Conference and your interest in blogging.

    Childern's Map book

    Children Map the World
    Selections from the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Competition

    I was able to briefly flip through this book the other day and was amazed with the maps. I'm sure this will be a hot item at the User Conference story next week.

    User Conference phots

    Brian and Steve have setup a Flickr group called ESRIUC05. I know we all have digital cameras and or phones with cameras so let's share some photos of the conference with GIS blogosphere.

    Friday, July 15, 2005

    Tips for attending the User Conference

    With the 25th Annual ESRI conference just one week away, I thought I would share a few tips on the conference. I haven't been to all 25 but I have been to the last 6 as an ESRI employee.

    1. Use the online conference planner to start planning your week before you get to San Diego
    2. Take care of all the registration stuff on Sunday and then check out the Sunday evening social to celebrate the 25th anniversary.
    3. Jack talks first thing Monday morning so don't be late for the plenary session. You won't want to miss any of his talk or the demos this year.
    4. Jane Goodall is the special keynote this year so make sure you come back after lunch.
    5. The Map Gallery opens Monday night but the maps are on display all week so don't stress if you can't view all the maps on Monday evening.
    6. The ESRI Technical Workshops start on Tuesday but don't worry if you there are two sessions you want to attend at the same time. Most ESRI sessions are offered twice and some three times throughout the week.
    7. Schedule some time to visit the Showcase area - It's big and there is a lot to see.
    8. The ESRI booths are called "Islands" (don't ask me why), for example if you want to learn more about ArcGIS Server then you could stop by the "Server Island".
    9. Wear comfortable shoes because the convention center is big!
    10. Go to the closing session, it's a nice wrap-up on what can be an eventful week.

    Next post I’ll share some tips on San Diego and enjoying your self at the conference.

    Applied Minds

    Here's a good article about Applied Minds, the company that built and showed the Touch Table running a custom Globe Engine application at last years User Conference.

    Developer Training - EDN

    The EDN website has recently been updated to include information on recommended training courses offered by ESRI. This is a great site to find out what instructor lead training is offered for the different products that make up the EDN subscription.

    Here is an example of the courses recommended for developers wanting to create custom GIS solutions with ArcGIS Engine.


    I've been hearing a lot about Ajax lately and honestly didn't know much about it so I've been doing a little research.
    I check my mail today and got the latest issue of "InformationWeek" and the cover story was all about Ajax giving web users a better user experience. I'm still reading up on Ajax but wanted to share a few links

    Monday, July 11, 2005

    UC Time

    Sorry for the lack of posting lately... Things have been busy lately as David Maguire mentions in his new blog, the ESRI International User Conference is only a few weeks away and I've been busy getting my technical workshops and other responsibilities prepared.

    Are you going to the User Conference (UC) this year? I hear that this 25th anniversary year is going to be the biggest ever.

    Monday, July 04, 2005

    What is Wiki?

    What is a Wiki?

    Wiki is web server software that allows users to contribute content. Collaboration is the key to Wiki, which is designed as a powerful system for online communities to build web pages and web sites. Unlike blogs and forums, all users are allowed to contribute and edit existing content. Wiki is derived from the Hawaiian term "wiki wiki" meaning "quick". The concept behind a Wiki is that collaboration on projects will move it along quicker.

    Wikipedia - Wikipedia is a popular content encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

    Thursday, June 30, 2005

    Earth at Night

    I was recently showing a friend some different maps and he was extremely interested in the Earth at Night image that shows night time light around the world. You can really see where people live based on the lights at night. I've seen this image for years but when I showed it to him and talked about what was going on, it reminded me how interesting maps can be and why I went into GIS.

    Monday, June 27, 2005

    Little Shake and Rain

    Inserting afternoon, we had another noticeable earthquake and a brief rain shower. I think the brief down-pour surprised more people then the 4.0 earthquake. We don't normally get rain in the summer here in Redlands.

    Here's a picture of the seismography...

    Friday, June 24, 2005

    Rise and Shout

    Hopefully everyone can see that I've changed the name of my blog a few times. And hopefully I can stick with the new title "Rise and Shout". It comes from the chorus of the BYU fight song, played after every touchdown by the BYU football team. All 65,000 fans in the stadium sit down to start the song but when the chorus hits, everyone stands and singings "Rise and Shout the Cougars are out”.

    I also had a college professor that commonly said "Rise and Shout" whenever students in the class started having little side conversations about the topic being discussed. When he would say "Rob, rise and shout", I would have to stand up and share my view with the entire class. "Rise and Shout" happened almost each class and resulted in some really good discussions that got everyone thinking about different views and opinions.

    Hopefully this blog will allow you and I to "rise and shout" about whatever is on our minds in a respectful yet open environment. It's hard to tell who is reading this so feel free to comment about any post and let me know you are there.

    Remember the views in this blog are my own and do not represent those of my employer.

    Thursday, June 23, 2005

    New feature of Blogger

    In making my last post, I noticed a new button for adding images when creating posts so here is my 1st attempt.

    Here's a photo of the building that I work in here on the ESRI campus.

    The use of video and audio online

    I’ve been thinking a lot about how we could use multi-media on the new EDN website. Here are some examples of how Microsoft is using video and audio to get information out to developers.

    Any suggestions?

    Wednesday, June 22, 2005

    Street through ESRI to close

    Street through ESRI to close
    The Redlands City Council approved plans to close a section of New York St. here in Redlands so that the ESRI campus can be expanded.

    Tuesday, June 21, 2005

    ArcReader 9.1

    As I said a few weeks ago, the new ArcReader 9.1 is a really exciting release. And I’m not just saying that because I’m the PM. ArcReader 9.1 adds the ability to view not only 2D maps but 3D. The 3D maps (.pmf) are created in ArcGlobe using the Publisher extension. The 3D maps (Globes) can then be viewed in the free ArcReader application. 9.1 also gives you a swipe tool for easily viewing what’s under a layer in the map. ArcReader 9.1 is part of every ArcGIS Desktop and EDN box pus as a free download.

    The name game

    What's in a name?

    Great topic from wikipedia that we should all remember.

    EDN online updated for 9.1

    EDN’s Documentation Library and Code Exchange have been updated with ArcGIS 9.1 content. Over 60 samples have been added to the Code Exchange including many that are focused on server development. The Documentation Library now includes both new content for the most recent release of ArcGIS and archived content for previous releases. Some noteworthy articles that may be of interest to ArcObjects developers include What’s New at 9.1 and Securing ArcGIS Web Services. ArcIMS developers will find the updated ArcXML Programmer’s Reference Guide invaluable and ArcSDE C and Java programmers can now view both 9.1 and 9.0 versions of their API reference in the library.

    Friday, June 17, 2005

    Need a quick answer to an ArcGIS Desktop question?

    Brian's blog recently points out that the entire ArcGIS Desktop Help System is now online. I fyou don't follow Brian's blog, I highly recommend it.

    Free Book - Introducing Visual Basic 2005 for Developers

    Browsing around MSDN, I found that they are offering the new VB 2005 book free online. I'm looking for some time to train-up on 2005. Unfortunately I still feel more comfortable in classic VB 6 but know that the day will come when I won't have VB 6 and VS.Net both installed on my machine.

    Thursday, June 16, 2005

    Earthquake felt at ESRI

    This afternoon there was an earthquake in Yucaipa that we felt pretty good at work in Redlands. Yucaipa is just a few freeway exits east of Redlands and the home to many ESRI employees. It was a 4.9 magnitude and certain got everyone’s attention in the milestone review meeting I was in. A milestone review meeting at ESRI is when all the different teams come into a conference room and give a status on their development projects to the senior management (including Jack). This was a meeting to remember as this was the biggest earthquake this close to Redlands in several years.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2005

    Google in the early days of Search

    Google Stanford Hardware - This is all of Google, circa 1999. It's substantially less hardware than in a few offices here at ESRI.

    New books online at ESRI Support Center

    I came across some new content browsing around the ESRI Support Center.

    ESRI Software 9.1 Library - Managing Data with ArcGIS - These books introduce you to geographic and projected coordinate systems and to geodatabase concepts and shows how to use the ArcGIS Desktop products - ArcInfo, ArcEditor, and ArcView - to implement geographic database designs.

    This does require a free ESRI Global account.

    Phil is back

    As a life long LA Lakers fan, I was happy to hear the news that Phil Jackson was returning to the Purple and Gold. I don't expect him to take the LA to the Finals next year as the Lakesrs need a lot of help after losing Shaq but I do think this will be a lot better.

    Friday, June 10, 2005

    Going West

    TechED is over and I’m heading home… Currently I’m in Las Vegas (McCarran airport) waiting to catch a plane back to Southern California. I’m tired and my brain is full after a week of drinking from the Microsoft fire hose of information. I’m looking forward to spending this weekend with my family and then getting back to work as the ESRI User Conference is only 6 weeks away and I’ve got a lot to do.

    Just wanted to say thanks to all the Microsoft and TechED staff for putting on a great conference!

    More from TechED

    With seemingly everyone talking about SOA these days, I decided to attend session on the subject and find it very interesting as this is not as SOA is not just a Microsoft thing but can be applied to ESRI’s server products and many other enterprise solutions.

    The logical follow-up to going to the SOA session was Web Services and I attended a great session from Yasser Shohoud that went into the “what” and “why” of web services.

    Also went to a few sessions about the new Visual Studio Team System.
    But one of the highlights of the week was a lunchtime session with the famous Don Box. This session was standing room only as the very popular Box talking about his career over the years as his unique style of presenting technical information to large crowds.

    The final party was at Universal Studios and was a lot of fun. We had access to all the rides and there was tons of food and drink. The Mommy Revenge was my favorite ride.

    My step count for Thursday was 14,954

    Wednesday, June 08, 2005

    ArcFM based on ArcGIS Engine released

    ArcFM Solution 9.1

    ESRI Business Partner Miner and Miner recently released there version 9.1 of the ArcFM Solutions. ArcFM Viewer is an ArcGIS Engine application that I believe is developed with .Net.

    Here's Miner and Miner description...
    ArcFM Viewer for ArcGIS Engine is a powerful, yet inexpensive, visualization and analysis solution built with ArcGIS Engine. The multiple document user interface and broad array of network tracing tools are a few of the features that make for an intuitive and robust product. In addition, developers can customize ArcFM Viewer using industry-standard programming languages

    I'd like to get a demo of ArcFM Viewer as it was one of the first COTS products built on ArcGIS Engine. Can anyone from Miner and Miner get me a demo of ArcFM Viewer?

    9.1 licensing question

    Here is a question that I keep seeing as more and more are updating to 9.1 ArcGIS.

    When I move to 9.1 from 9.0, do I need a new license since some extensions are included for free or do the extension just activate when you are using the appropriate level of software?

    If you are using concurrent copy licenses (license manger with hardware key) then you do not need new keycode files for 9.1. The changes in the included extensions are incorporated in the software and do not require a new keycode file.

    Users using software requiring authorization files (ArcView & ArcEditor Single Use, ArcSDE, ArcIMS, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Engine Dev Kit, and ArcGIS Engine Runtime) do need to reregister their software at 9.1 using the new registration numbers provided with the update.

    Day 3 (Wednesday Morning)

    No keynote today but lots of sessions... Here are some thoughts from the morning.

    Deploying Real-time tracking solutions with MapPoint Location Server
    A lot of questions about GPS but it appears that the tracking is done via cell phone

    What’s new in 2.0 Framework
    Performance and ASP.Net seem to be the big ticket items along with the fact that SQL Server 2005 is built on the 2.0 Framework

    After a quick lunch, I went to .Net Rocks! live here at TechEd. I’ve listened to a few episodes in past so it was kind of cool to be there live. The live audience was large because it was an open interview with the leads from the VS 2005 Team System.

    On the way across the convention center, I noticed signs saying that ice cream and other treats will be served this afternoon in the exhibit hall in addition to the hundreds of snack tables around every corner. Instead of the motto “learn * solve * grow”, it should be “eat + drink = grow”

    GIS to Speed Help to Domestic Violence Victims

    GIS to Speed Help to Domestic Violence Victims
    ESRI is partnering with several other technology companies to build a geographic information system (GIS) to provide a faster, more reliable response to victims of domestic violence.

    Great use of GIS, I hope it helps.

    Tuesday, June 07, 2005

    Day 2 Sessions

    Went to several good sessions today on several differnt topics and am now hanging out in the Cabana area for the Birds of Feathers (BOF) sessions. There are a lot of really good topics tonight... I just finished up a session on migrating VB6 to .Net and I was not alone. There was a lot of interest and questions in moving from VB Classic to VB.Net. I wish there would have been some other sessions on the topic.

    Up next is "Components: Buy vs. Build" and then finally at 9pm is the "Developer community and Microsoft's Role" session. Making Tuesday a very long day.

    On a different topic, one of the give-aways was a pedometer... I'm up to 8249 steps today.

    Paul F. Keynote part 2

    The keynote continued with a slick demo showing off some of the new features in VS 2005 by Brian Keller (Product Manager). Here are somethings I noted:

    - Good looking WinForms UI
    - New Data View Grid control
    - Smart Tags on controls
    - Code Snippets to make things easy
    - Easy connection and work with SQL
    - AutoCorrect (similar to Word)
    - ClickOnce deployment

    But the highlight was when a “BattleBot” running the .Net Compact Framework came on stage.

    Paul then announced a Developer Competition with the winner collecting $50,000

    And then I heard the news I was waiting for, the week of Nov 7th will be a launch of Visual Studio and SQL Server. Hopefully he means November 7th 2005!

    Tuesday Keynote with Paul Flessner - part 1

    Things started out with Samantha Bee – “Developer Psychology” interviews with attendees in the crowd. The crowd is smaller then yesterday's keynote but still big.

    TechieShow continued with Samantha Bee interviewing Paul from the behind a desk on stage.

    Getting Ready for Connected Systems was the title of Paul’s talk. He started out talking about the history of connectivity.

    1844 First Message sent via wire (Telegram)
    1858 First Transatlantic Cable
    1876 Telephone
    1902 First Radio and TV
    1944 1st use of computer to communicate
    1994 WWW
    2000 .Net
    2002 VS.Net (300 million people connected to internet)
    2005 over 500 million people connected to internet

    He then went through the journey of business application architecture
    - Mainframe – Monolithic multi function program
    - Client Server
    - Web Services

    Journey for connectivity continues today...
    Key learning
    - Service oriented
    - Federated identity
    - Rich user experience
    - Flow control
    - Federated data
    - Availability

    Need to make it easier to build connected systems

    Database Development
    • Database Development integrated w/ VS and .Net
    • SQL Server Service Broker
    • CachSync – High performance ASP.NET 2.0 apps
    • Native XML data type in database

    Business Process Integration
    BizTalk 2005

    Announced– RFID Infrastructure support from MS
    Attendees where asked to wear an RFID tag around during the first day of TechEd, many did not but those that did were enter in a raffle.

    Team Development a major theme in 2005
    VS was about the individual dev now VS Team System is all about the complete dev experience

    • Architect
    • Dev
    • Tester
    • Project Manager

    The goal is to reduce the amount of code needed with VS 2005

    Paul also noted in 2 years it will be tough to find a 64 bit machine
    Part 2 coming soon if the wireless holds up

    Day 1 Tech Sessions

    After the keynote I spend the rest on Monday attending the following sessions.

    What’s New in MapPoint Web Service
    I think most people were there to learn more about the recent announced Virtual Earth which will have a developer API but Microsoft wasn’t able to provide much information.

    Getting Ready for Visual Studio and SQL Server 2005

    Building Smart Client Applications with .Net

    Plus I spent some time in the exhibit hall and the community area where you can meet Microsoft dev team members.

    In the evening there was an expo / vender social with food and drink. I then made the trip back to the hotel and unfortunately watched the Heat lose game 7 to the Pistons.

    Monday, June 06, 2005

    Keynote with Steve B. part 3

    Steve continues talking about the worldwide momentum of .Net – He reports that 43% of developers use .Net as their primary dev environment. Java is second at 35% and third was non .Net Win32 development.

    2005 is a big year for Microsoft and it’s developers with the release of Sql Server and Visual Studio 2005. I noticed that that the “.Net” has been dropped from the product name; it’s now called “Visual Studio 2005”. He mentioned at beta testing of the .Net framework is showing 25% - 40% performance improvement over .Net 1.1

    BJ H. (VSTO Product Manager) then came out and showed a demo of everything in Outlook. Basically inside of having many apps to get your job done, everything can be made an Outlook add-in via VSTO. Nice demo but not a lot of excitement from the audience.

    Steve then announced that Office “12” will use XML as the default format.

    Then they showed some demos of management a cross platform network (Windows and Sun machines)

    And of course, he talked about security and said things are better but MSFT will do much more. Interesting stats that showed Red Hat and SUSE needing to be patched more then Windows 2003.

    Overall good keynote but it took forever to get out of the main hall. They need more then one entrances and exit.

    Keynote with Steve B. part 2

    Still can’t get wireless working but Steve continues with his talk about the new world of work…
    Talking about 3 steps
    1. Design and Build .Net apps
    2. Deploy and Operate those apps
    3. Works act and interact with the apps to get the job done.

    Windows Server 2003

    • #1 Server OS with 65% market share
    • A second release of 2003 coming later this year with several enhancements and support for clustering

    Steve then made some announcements about and update to Exchange 2003 and Windows Mobile to facilitate mobile devices always being update.

    Mike Hall (Product Manager) then came up stage with the brand new ThinkPad Tablet PC which Steve quickly took for himself. Next was a funny video about a CEO using and losing his Smart Phone. Mike then demo several Microsoft technologies in one quick demo. He showed:

    • Desktop Search to find a email
    • New searching for files in Longhorn desktop
    • Managing mobile devices with Exchange
    • New Virtual Earth and it’s nice hybrid mode between raster and vector data
    • New local Search and Scratch Pad feature of Virtual Earth

    To break things up, Samantha came back with a “Doctor” to talk about his “Meditation techniques to solve developer problems”. Which turned out to be a humorous puppet show?

    Part 3 coming soon...

    Keynote with Steve B. part 1

    I was good and only hit the snooze button once this morning as today is the big keynote with Steve Ballmer. I’ve been trying to eat healthier and workout more so I decided to skip the conference buffet breakfast and grab a low-fat yogurt. To my surprise there was a huge line to get into the keynote at 8:30am. The line moved fast and I got a pretty good seat.

    The keynote started with the delightful Samantha Bee (from the Daily Show) hosting the TechEd version called the TechieShow. She got everyone laughing…

    Steve came out to a hardy applause in the traditional Microsoft attire, long shelve blue dress shirt. Like always he was excited about everything and moved back and forth across the front of the stage pumping his fist. Here are a few notes I took from his presentation. I don’t calm for this to be completely accurate nor complete…

    Steve said there has never been a more exciting time to work in IT

    TechEd sold out in 6 weeks (over 11,000 this year)

    2005 is the 10 year anniversary of Windows 95 and noted that a lot has changed in 10 years

    • Dot COM boom and bust, Cell phones, Digital Music / Cameras and .Net

    The title of his talk was “Enabling People to Drive Success” and based his remarks on Bill Gates recent writings on “The New World of Work”

    • Better Customer interaction
    • Improved personal productivity
    • Unified Communication
    • Team Collaboration
    • Timely Rights Information
    • Engaging in business process
    • Spotting trend
    • etc

    Samantha Bee returned to the stage and went through the top 5 Requested request by Information Workers. (Very funny)

    Then they showed a video by Avanade about Connecting People and Information.

    By now I had given up getting the wireless to work for me.

    Part 2 coming soon.

    learn * solve * grow

    I’m here at TechEd 2005 in Orlando, Florida. The trip cross country was uneventful but it sure is tough getting up the first morning here on East Coast time. I tired to make my self go to bed but midnight here still felt like 9pm in California. I’m not having much like with wireless connection here in the convention center but I’m going to try and share some of my thoughts from the conference.

    Thursday, June 02, 2005


    A good friend of my is going through some potentially big decisions in his life and while contemplating the decisions before him he came across this great quote by Thomas Monson on the need for courage in making decisions.

    "Life's journey is not traveled on a freeway devoid of obstacles, pitfalls, and snares. Rather, it is a pathway marked by forks and turnings. Decisions are constantly before us. To make them wisely, courage is needed: the courage to say, 'No,' the courage to say, 'Yes,' Decisions do determine destiny. The call for courage comes constantly to each of us. It has ever been so, and so shall it ever be."

    -Thomas S. Monson
    "The Call for Courage," Ensign, May 2004, 54-55

    My dad is a big fan of Monson and has always recommended his books. In college I had the chance to hear him speak a few times and was very impressed.

    Wednesday, June 01, 2005


    The ONE Campaign is a new effort to rally Americans to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty. Each ONE of us can make a difference. Together as ONE we can change the world.We can beat:

    • AIDS
    • Starvation
    • Extreme poverty

    ONE billion people live on less than ONE dollar a day. Add your signature to The One Declaration

    I first heard about the ONE Campaign a few months ago at the U2 concert and now it looks like there are part of new "Live Aid" type concert this summer called LIVE 8.

    Tuesday, May 31, 2005

    Internet clock

    Check out this amazing clock!
    It's crazy all the things you find on the the internet...

    Tech Ed 2005

    Got to get a lot done this week in Redlands because next week I'll be in Orlando at Microsoft's Tech ED conference. I'm going to try and blog from the conference and relate things back to the GIS developer.

    Monday, May 30, 2005

    Memorial Day

    It’s Memorial Day here in the US, a national holiday to honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect this country. I know there are lots of strong opinions about US policy throughout the world and here in the US but I just want to say thanks to all the current military personnel and families for serving the United States. There is too much war in the world but I’m grateful for the many that have fought for the freedoms I enjoy.

    Thursday, May 26, 2005

    More on ArcGIS 9.1

    Good to hear Adena from All Point Blog is reading my little blog. Thanks to her link, my readership doubled today. Here is the official ESRI press release on the 9.1 ArcGIS. For me, I'm most excited about the new Network Analyst extension in 9.1 and the ability for free ArcReader to view 3D maps created in ArcGlobe.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2005

    ArcGIS Engine turns 1 year old

    On this day last year, we shipped the first boxes of ArcGIS Engine as part of ArcGIS 9.0. It took a lot of work by some really smart programmers to create the Engine. So this evening after work, we took a little break from the 9.2 push to have some pizza as a team. It's been an eventful year for the Engine team. Once 9.0 shipped last May, most of the team moved to the 9.1 and 9.2 release however others worked to release 9.0.1 (the Linux and Solaris version of Engine).

    This is also a special week here in Redlands as 9.1 is back from manufactoring and arriving at customer's doors.

    Are you using the ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit to create a custom GIS application? If so let me know, I’m looking for some real world solutions built with the Engine.

    Friday, May 20, 2005

    UC 2005

    Are you going to the ESRI International User Conference this year? The conference is only 2 months away and we are planning a lot of stuff for developers this year. There will be lots of technical sessions on the developer products that make up the ESRI Developer Network. Almost the entire Engine, .Net ADF and Java ADF teams will be in San Diego so it should be a great time to meet the teams and ask any question.

    The keynote speaker this year is Jane Goodall, so that should be really good plus the Padres are in town. Once we finalize the developer track, I share it with you so you can start planning your days in San Diego.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2005

    Blogger Trouble

    It seems like every other time I try to do something on this Blogger blog, the site is down. I don't know the whole history of the rise of Blogger and Goggle buying them but hopefully Google will improve things with Blogger. I also hope they improve the photo sharing capabilities as that's something that Microsoft's Spaces has over Blogger IMHO.

    MSN Messenger 7 now final

    I've been using a beta version of Messenger for a few months but recently installed the final version. The best feature of the new version is integrations with MSN Spaces. I like the glow effect to let me know that one of my contacts has updated their Space. Here is my Space that I use to keep my family back East updated with my family here in Redlands.

    Tuesday, May 10, 2005


    Andrew Hallam from Digital Earth blogs about the new ESRI Developer Network (EDN) subscription we are offering developers. He's right to point out that ArcGIS Desktop is not part of the EDN subscription yet vital to being successful. We spent a lot of time on this subject but in the end decided not to include ArcGIS Desktop to keep the cost of the subscription as low as possible and limit EDN to just the pure developer products. ArcGIS Desktop is extremely useful for map creation, data management and is required if doing anything with ArcGIS Server. So if you are new to the ESRI platform you need at least one copy of ArcGIS Desktop and EDN subscriptions for each developer. We considered making Desktop a requirement prior to getting EDN but didn’t want to make things complicated.

    I like your suggestion of a “EDN plus” that includes a limited use copy of ArcGIS Desktop. What should that cost? Feel free to email me ( or give me a call (909-793-2853 ext. 2310) to talk more about EDN.

    Friday, May 06, 2005

    EDN in the UK

    ESRI (UK) launches EDN

    The EDN community is growing! ESRI-UK has recently launched EDN in the UK. Nice comment from Paul, Partners and Alliances Business Unit Manager at ESRI (UK):
    “GIS is often viewed as a niche technology within the corporate IT world, when in reality many core business processes have a location or spatial dimension. In response to increased market demand, ESRI (UK) is increasing its support for the development community through EDN, making it easier for partners to incorporate and promote GIS and spatial capabilities and take advantage of this growing market opportunity.”

    Thursday, May 05, 2005

    Free Live Training Seminar--Introduction to ArcSDE

    ESRI Virtual Campus Presents Free Live Training Seminar

    For those wanting to learn more about ArcSDE, the Virutal Campus team is offering a free live seminar on May 19th.

    GIS and Geospatial Technology in the Information Age

    GIS and Geospatial Technology in the Information Age - A New Perspective

    Nice article from SJ... SJ is one of the Director of ESRI and I've always thought he has a good feel for the GIS industry. As a BYU man, I try not to hold the fact that he is a graduate of University of Utah against him.

    Rise and Shout - Go Cougars!

    SJ, you should start a blog

    Open Geospatial Standards and .NET

    Open Geospatial Standards and .NET

    Here is an interesting article about an open source GIS project that is written in .Net. This is the first type project I've seen that isn't build with Java. The article is correct that most GIS desktop application users are on Windows and .Net is a very popular dev environment for GIS developers.

    Wednesday, May 04, 2005

    Developers Developers Developers Developers

    Steve Ballmer Video

    I can't help but laugh whenever I see the Steve Ballmer videos. I love his passion in the Developers Developers Developers Developers clip. Anyone know when and where this video takes place?

    I agree with Steve, developers are the key.

    Patches and Service Packs - ESRI Support

    Patches and Service Packs - ESRI Support: "ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 3"
    ESRI announces ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 3. This Service Pack contains all the issues addressed in the previously released Service Packs for ArcGIS 9.0 (ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 1, ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 2) as well as additional improvements and maintenance fixes.
    It’s important to know that we didn’t release SP 3 because ArcGIS 9 is so bad and we still don’t have things good after SP1 and SP2. The Release Team here in Redlands is now having regularly scheduled Service Packs to constantly improve the quality of the software. For example, 9.2 is not yet shipping to customer but they are already planning a SP for that release.

    Monday, May 02, 2005

    Save Custom Toolbar Configurations

    While trying to reduce the stack of magazine and other stuff from my “reading” pile, I came across this article from in ArcUser by Steven Lead of ESRI UK. It’s a nice write on using multiple normal templates. For those not familiar with ArcUser, it is a quarterly publication distributed at no charge within the United States. This magazine is dedicated to users of ESRI software. It provides practical, technical information on how GIS is used and how to use ESRI software most effectively.

    You can subscribe to ArcUser online; send your name, organization, type of organization, GIS application, address, and phone number via e-mail to

    10 rules for successful product managers to live by

    From a copyrighted story at SoftwareCEO written by Bob Weinstein Software product management: If you can't define it, you're doing a bad job at it

    Product managers' rule #1: The best product managers follow the Pragmatic Marketing maxim: Your opinion, while interesting, is irrelevant. Always use market facts to decide the best course of action.

    Product managers' rule #2: Product management is a not a "natural" fit for everyone. A good product manager has a technical background with business savvy. Software engineers and programmers, for example, can make a smooth transition to product management because they're starting off with a strong technical background. But technical smarts alone won't cut it.

    Product managers' rule #3: In "Crossing the Chasm," Geoff Moore says that product management is a senior, business-oriented role and typically fails because we staff it with junior, technically-oriented people.

    Product managers' rule #4: Credibility comes from being able to manage the business of the product. Otherwise, product management gets relegated to a technical support role.

    Product managers' rule #5: Product management is about delivering what the market needs. Good product managers spend more time in front of customers and potential customers; they spend less time on sales calls and in their corporate offices.

    Product managers' rule #6: Product management is not necessarily about delivering what the customer asks for. The best products solve the customer's problems and no more. A product manager has to observe and understand what the customer needs in order to solve the problem, rather than building the features the customer requests.

    Product managers' rule #7: Mature companies value product management and enjoy shorter time to market. According to a survey Pragmatic Marketing conducted with softwareminds, companies that consider product-management business critical cut their time to market in half. This results from more focus on the product and less last-minute reaction to sales demands du jour.

    Product managers' rule #8: Product management usually fails when organized in the development or engineering team. Technical managers do not consider product management a value-add to their teams and relegate them to project management and scheduling.

    Product managers' rule #9: Similarly, product management fails in sales departments. Naturally, sales management considers product management a sales resource and allocates 110 percent of its time for supporting salespeople.

    Product managers' rule #10: It seems counterintuitive, but product managers who spend a lot of time supporting salespeople find that they are not valued by their companies. Invariably, the product managers who

    Wednesday, April 27, 2005

    ESRI Developer Network

    ESRI Developer Network
    I've been spending a lot of my time lately working on the new ESRI Developer Network (EDN). EDN is a developer centric program that consists of Web resources and access to the EDN Software Library created specifically for GIS developers. EDN is designed to give all types of developers commercial, one-off, end-user developers and system integrators the resources needed to successfully develop with ESRI software. EDN is a subscription based program for an annual fee. The EDN Software Library includes the following products for development use:
    - ArcGIS Server
    - ArcIMS
    - ArcSDE
    - ArcWeb Services
    - ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit

    A major part of the new EDN program is the website which we hope will become the place on the web for ESRI developer related resources. The site is open to all interested in using the ESRI developer platform for creating custom GIS solutions. Brian Golden the EDN Development Lead has just posted a welcome letter for the site which is currently in beta but about to go final.

    Let me know if you want more information on the pricing and licensing for the new EDN program (

    Tuesday, April 26, 2005

    Microsoft's Metro Takes Aim at Adobe - Microsoft's Metro Takes Aim at Adobe
    Adobe's PDF is the industry standard for sharing documents but it looks like Microsoft wants a piece of the action. They just announced that Longhorn will have a new feature (code name Metro) that appears to be a direct competitor to Adobe Acrobat.

    Bill Gates' Web Site - Speeches: 2005

    Bill Gates' Web Site - Speeches: 2005
    Here's link to the different keynote address that Bill Gates has given this year. The latest video clip from the Windows Hardware Conference features the release of Windows 64 and a sneak peak at the next big release of Windows; Longhorn.

    There were a few demos of interest
    • The new 64 bit Windows client used in movie special effects
    • SQL Server 2005 running faster with more clients
    • Bill also showed off the latest TabletPC hardware
    • There was also a cool new feature to laptops or Tablets that has a small display on the outside for quickly getting to information like calendar and email items without opening up and turning on a laptop.

    So checkout the video to get Bill G's take on the future on PCs and Windows.

    Friday, April 22, 2005

    Rob @ Living

    Rob @ Living
    Here's the link to my personal / family blog and photos. I'm using MSN Spaces mostly because it's free and I like the photo album setup. It's very easy to update pictures, Blogger needs this functionality.

    Wednesday, April 20, 2005

    ESRI Among Top Employers in Inland Empire

    Press Release -- ESRI Among Top Employers in Inland Empire
    Recently ESRI won an award as one of the top companies in Southern California. Some nice recognize, my non ESRI friends are always surprised when I tell them how big ESRI is. Many of them drive by the campus here in Redlands and have never realized what a big company ESRI is.

    Tuesday, April 19, 2005

    ArcWeb Services Challenge

    ArcWeb Services Challenge

    ESRI has announced an ArcWeb Services Challenge. ArcWeb Services users are asked to create a Web application and submit an entry form to ESRI by May 20, 2005. Applications will be judged based on usefulness, ease-of-use, and originality. First, second, and third place winners will be showcased at the ESRI International User Conference and on the Web. Winners will also receive ArcWeb Services credits ($$$).

    Monday, April 18, 2005

    FlipStart coming soon
    More then a PDA but not a full Tablet... It's not available yet, but said to be coming soon.

    I could easily see this as the future for mobile computing. Yes, hardware will cost more, but you won’t need a PDA and a Real Computer. “Just this thing” (a real computer). And you doc it with a full size monitor and keyboard when not mobile. Lacks some ram and high end video card, but it will get there.

    Sunday, April 17, 2005

    Friday, April 15, 2005

    ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit (version 9.1)

    ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit - ESRI Support
    ESRI has announced that ArcGIS 9.1 will begin shipping in May. Version 9.1 is a solid release. I worked with the ArcGIS Engine and ArcReader / Publisher teams on this release so if you have any feedback, let me know.

    Computerworld Development Survey gives nod to C# - Computerworld

    Computerworld Development Survey gives nod to C# - Computerworld
    A recent Computerworld article contains some interesting data on language and platform usage. The lead of the story is "Microsoft's C# beat out Java as the preferred programming language in a recent developer survey conducted by Computerworld. "

    The top 5 languages were:

    72% C#
    66% Java
    62% Visual Basic
    54% C++
    50% JavaScript/ECMAScript

    I don't have time to do much programming anymore but I'd like to... VB 6 was my language of choice and I've been playing around with VB.Net but maybe C# is the way to go. News News
    The ESRI website recently added an RSS feed... So you can now get the latest ESRI news via RSS. As a big fan of RSS, I say good job to the team.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2005

    Sheppard Software - We Make Learning Fun!

    Sheppard Software - We Make Learning Fun!

    A friend just pointed out Sheppard Software, a company that provides educational software. Among its wares are free online (Flash-based) games that challenge visitors to locate states, oceans, continents or countries (sort of place the puzzle piece) and name capitals and other features. The games are interactive and begin with learning level and move up to expert level. At expert level, players must not only placing a feature correctly, but rotating it, too! Very spatial, and rather fun, too.