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Friday, July 29, 2005
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.
.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.
• 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
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
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.
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
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
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
New ArcIMS Designer and Viewer
Enterprise Integration with IBM Websphere ArcWeb Services and SAP
SQL API for Oracle
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.
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...
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
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.
Looks like Flickr has approved my account some I will start posting more photos.
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
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
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 Café. 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
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.
Friday, July 15, 2005
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.
- Use the online conference planner to start planning your week before you get to San Diego
- Take care of all the registration stuff on Sunday and then check out the Sunday evening social to celebrate the 25th anniversary.
- 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.
- Jane Goodall is the special keynote this year so make sure you come back after lunch.
- 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.
- 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.
- Schedule some time to visit the Showcase area - It's big and there is a lot to see.
- 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".
- Wear comfortable shoes because the convention center is big!
- 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.
Here is an example of the courses recommended for developers wanting to create custom GIS solutions with ArcGIS Engine.
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
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
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