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    Tuesday, February 28, 2006

    VerySpatial Podcast

    Last Friday Brian and I did an interview with Sue and Jesse from a VerySpatial podcast. We talked a little about developer trends, EDN, and the upcoming Developer Summit.

    I’m personal subscribed to over 100 blogs but only a few podcast and VerySpatial is on of them. I’m really interested in podcasting and hope to have some time to explorer it some more. Maybe the first step is getting an iPod, I’ve wanted justification for the purchase but can’t bring myself to spending that kind of money on a portable music player. My $50 sport-style MP3 player does just fine when I’m working out at the YMCA here in town.

    What podcast would you recommend?

    Wednesday, February 22, 2006

    Agenda Planner

    I don’t see a link on the Dev Summit web site yet but here is the link to the online agenda builder for the Developer Summit. This is a nice way to plan what session you’ll attend.

    Tuesday, February 21, 2006

    EDN Q&A

    Here's another common EDN question regarding the EDN website.

    Question: There was originally discussion about having some content available only to the EDN subscriber on the EDN website. Has that happened?

    Answer: There is no “subscribers only” section of the EDN web site. The site is currently open to all, EDN subscribers and non subscribers. There is a login for the forums and comments sections, but this is based on the free ESRI globe login. We are still considering and "EDN only" section in the future, but currently the focus is on the public information of the EDN web site.

    Monday, February 20, 2006
    In preparation for the ArcGIS Explorer community portal, we would like you to test by clicking on the link. If it doesn't work from behind your organization's firewall, please e-mail with 'Test Failed' in the subject. Thank you for your help.

    Sunday, February 19, 2006

    Patches and Service Packs - ESRI Support

    Patches and Service Packs - ESRI Support

    ArcGIS 9.1 Geometry Performance Patch - This patch resolves a performance issue when using the ITopologicalOperator::Intersect method to perform intersections.

    Wednesday, February 15, 2006

    Happy Birthday EDN!

    One year ago, the ESRI Developer Network (EDN) was launched by Jack Dangermond at the Business Partner Conference in Palm Springs. That was a big day for me as it took several months of planning and work by a dedicated team to release EDN. The purpose and goals of EDN on day 1 are still true today.
    Make ESRI’s developer technology available to developers by reducing the cost and complexity
    Fostering and supporting a developer community
    Increase developer opportunities with ArcGIS

    This first year is just the beginning… I think we have made progress but there is still more that can be done. The upcoming 9.2 release will have many features for developers and the upcoming Developer Summit is the result of your feedback. So if you have suggestions on EDN or developer related stuff, let me know (

    Productivity and Outlook

    I get several emails a week from Microsoft… MSDN, Partner Newsletters, and an one about Microsoft at Home and at Work. I normally scan them for any new utilities or downloads but today’s email had a few interesting tips on productivity.

    5 beliefs that limit productivity--and how to overcome them
    What stops you from being more productive? Chances are good your reasons are pretty much the same as most people's. In this article, consultant and productivity expert Sally McGhee takes a look at five common beliefs that can limit your productivity--and shows how you can turn them around.

    Monday, February 13, 2006

    Real World Engine Solution GIS, GPS, LBS, CAD, mapping news, jobs, software, data, community: "Damage Assessment Enhancements Planned for ArcFM Redliner Extension "

    ... Miner & Miner met with Mississippi Power and other Southern Company employees to discuss how to optimize ArcFM Viewer for ArcGIS Engine with the Redliner ...

    This showed up in my Google News search; it's always nice to read about real world examples of ArcGIS Engine solutions.

    Friday, February 10, 2006

    Only 35 more days till Dev Summit

    It’s a beautiful Friday afternoon here in Redlands. It’s been dry and warm this week. The only thing better them February in Southern California is March. So don’t forget about the ESRI Developer Summit March 17th and 18th in Palm Springs. The early bird registration deadline is next week (Feb 17th) so go sign up. The Summit is in the Palm Spring Convention Center which is connected the Wyndham Hotel, making it a great place to stay. Plus they have a great pool area.

    Opposition in all things

    Great quote from Robert Fripp

    “We should not expect good work to be acknowledged; and where it is, we should not expect it to be welcomed. Rather, the strength of a creative impulse is measured by the strength of opposition it meets.”

    Wednesday, February 08, 2006

    Uses for RSS has a cool list of ways RSS is being used to deliver information besides delivering headlines. With recent launch of the IE7 beta with RSS integration, RSS appears ready to explode as a delivery channel.

    Tuesday, February 07, 2006

    Documentation for Visual Studio integration

    In this post, I talked about the download on the EDN site for getting some new developer tools for ArcGIS Engine and Desktop users of Visual Studio 2003.

    I just wanted to say that there is a help document in the C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\developer\Documentation folder. For 9.2 we'll support Visual Studio 2005 with even more SDK integration.

    Monday, February 06, 2006


    Using Blogger, I don’t get any stats on my blog so I use the free version of FreeStats to get a few metrics on my site. One of the interesting reports they offer without charge is a list of “Top Refers”. And every time I look at that report, James Fee (Plant Geospatial) and Brian Flood are always numbers 1 and 2. They definitely seem to be the premier GIS bloggers.

    The most common Google search that gets people to my blog is “ESRI blog” but I barely make it on page 1 of the results. It’s interesting to see that this search doesn’t return many ESRI employee’s that have blogs.

    Documentation - ESRI Support

    Documentation - ESRI Support: "Technical Paper discussion how at version 9.2, ArcGIS Server will allow publishing of GIS data in a format compatible with Keyhole Markup Language (KML) clients."

    I haven't read this paper yet but it's on my stack of things I need to read.

    "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
    - Helen Keller

    Wednesday, February 01, 2006

    For Visual Studio users

    Last month on the ESRI Developer Network (EDN), we posted a new download that all ArcGIS and Visual Studio 2003 users should be interested in. The ArcGIS Visual Studio .NET Integration Framework provides a number of commands, wizards, and templates that are available through the Visual Studio .NET IDE to help you create solutions, projects, and classes for ArcGIS customizations more efficiently.

    At 9.2 will release a verions of Visual Studio 2005 with even more features and integration.

    EDN Q&A

    We are coming up on the 1 year anniversary of the launch of the ESR Developer Network. It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly year since Jack announced EDN at the Partner Conference in Palm Springs. Over the past year, I’ve gotten several common questions about EDN so I’m going to try and share those questions and answers here on my blog.

    Q: Are EDN developers allowed to install and use the software on any machine they want regardless of whether it is a desktop/laptop machine or a server?

    A: Yes, the developer with the EDN subscription is allowed to install the EDN software on any machine as long as they are the only one using the EDN software for development and testing.

    If you have a question, let me know (