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    Wednesday, September 27, 2006

    Seattle Photos

    Last month I made quick trip to the Seattle area and had a few hours before my flight so I quick drive through downtown and the Public Market area. It was a beautiful day so I took a few quick photos and put them on my flickr site.

    "The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm."

    - Unknown

    Friday, September 22, 2006

    Upcoming Live Training Seminars

    What's New in the Geodatabase at ArcGIS 9.2
    Thursday, October 5, 2006
    9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (PDT)

    The ArcGIS 9.2 release contains new features for working with the geodatabase. This online seminar introduces this new functionality by demonstrating how to create personal and workgroup geodatabases, use the new archiving and replication tools, and perform non-versioned editing. The presenter will also highlight the new conflict detection and resolution options.

    Introduction to Cartographic Representations in ArcGIS 9.2Thursday, October 12, 2006
    9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (PDT)

    With ArcGIS 9.2 users can create cartographic representations to store feature symbols within the geodatabase, allowing for more efficient workflows in high-volume map production environments. This seminar introduces cartographic representations and discusses how they are stored in the geodatabase, how they are used in ArcMap to create professional-quality maps, and how they are managed using new geoprocessing tools.

    ArcWeb Services 2006 APIs

    ArcWeb 2006 has several options when it comes to developer APIs.

    • SOAP
    • REST
    • OpenLS
    • J2ME Mobile Toolkit
    • JavaScript

    Here is a matrix of the different developer APIs to help you decide on the best API for your solution.

    Check out the Geodatabase Toolset

    The Geodatabase Toolset is now available for download. It is composed of tools used to investigate and diagnose geodatabase performance issues. The tools are designed to work with the geodatabase and the ArcMap and ArcCatalog applications within the ArcGIS Desktop products (ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo). The Geodatabase Toolset also provides the ability to generate descriptive reports for analysis. The tools are organized in two sets, each hosted in ArcCatalog and ArcMap.

    In ArcMap, the Geodatabase Toolset is used to review and design characteristics of MXDs, refresh performance, and provide DBMS tracing. In ArcCatalog, it is used to review enterprise geodatabase information.

    Many of the tools provide tables containing numerical information that can be exported to external files that can be archived, sent to technical support, or imported to Excel.

    Diagnostic tools include

    • Editing information
    • DBMS statistics
    • Picture showing hierarchical relationship of states and versions
    • Visual display and numerical information of spatial index definitions
    • Relative fetch timer
    • Refresh timer (per layer)
    • Ability to start and stop DBMS tracking
    • Ability to review layer information relevant to performance

    Tuesday, September 19, 2006

    Bob Parsons rules for success

    A friend recently sent me Bob Parsons (CEO of rules for success

    He has some good advice no matter what type of business you are in.

    What are your rules?

    Geoprocessing Tools

    Many of you may have heard at the User Conference this summer that ArcGIS Engine 9.2 will support the Geoprocessing Tools previously only available to ArcGIS Desktop users.  That means that developers of Engine applications will be able to leverage the geoprocessing tools in their custom solutions. 

    Here is a link to a table of what tools are available at what license level for Desktop.  For Engine, all the ArcView level tools will be part of the standard Engine Runtime and the ArcEditor tools come wit the Engine Geodatabase Update extension.  Other Engine extensions will add more tools at 9.2.


    I'm hearing a lot about the advantages of multi-core processors and how it won't be long to all new PCs and Server will come with more then one core. 

    Here is a link to an Intel site that has some good multimedia demos about multi-core for those new to this technology.

    Thursday, September 14, 2006

    VB Express Videos

    On the VS Team blog on MSDN, there is a collection of "how to" videos to help you get going with Visual Basic .NET Express edition.

    ArcGIS 9.2 will support Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 and the Express version is a great way to get started with VS 2005.

    Monday, September 11, 2006

    5 years ago

    Five years ago on September 11th, I woke up and went straight to the Redlands YMCA and there while on a treadmill quick learned what was happening in New York, DC and Pennsylvania. I was shocked by the live images on all the TVs in the gym and returned home to tell my wife.  It was hard for use to believe what was happening on live TV but we couldn't stop watching. We didn't eat breakfast and I remember missing a meeting that morning about the ArcReader and Publisher release. 

    A lot has happened in the 5 years and as I was at that same YMCA this morning, my heart went out to the many that lost their lives that day five years ago. And I hope that I will never have to return home and awake my wife with such awful news.

    Thursday, September 07, 2006

    Tonto Natural Bridge

    I just upload to my flickr site (see side panel of my blog) some photos of a trip this summer to Tonto Natural Bridge near Payson, AZ.

    It was a nice hike with the kids, my son loved climbing on all the rocks under the bridge.

    Working for ESRI

    I've been working here in Redlands, CA for ESRI since 1998 and it's been a great experience.  If you are looking for a change or a new employment opportunity send me an email with your resume. My department is hiring and I know that several other teams are looking for good people so send me a email ( and we can talk about opportunities here at ESRI.

    Wednesday, September 06, 2006

    Who is reading blogs

    Here is a link to a study about who is reading blogs here in America.

    I personally believe most of my readers are GIS professionals but recently I've got a few emails from old roommates and friends saying that they came across my blog.


    "Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be."

    - David Bly

    Tuesday, September 05, 2006

    LiveWriter Test

    Based some comments, I changed some settings in Blogger so I'm going to try publishing with Windows LiveWriter again.


    This is just a test...