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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 whatÂ’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.

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    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