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    Thursday, March 29, 2007

    Dev Summit slides on EDN

    On the Conference Tab of the of the EDN site, the slide presentations for the sessions have been posted. You can find them linked in the 'Resources for this session' box on each of the session pages below. You can also find them in the Downloads area of EDN. The project files for samples and code presented in the sessions will also be posted soon along with video for each session.

    Tuesday, March 27, 2007


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    Vertical text selection in Microsoft Word and beyond

    A handy tip in Microsoft Word for selecting text vertically rather than the traditional horizontal select we're all used to.

    The key: just hold down the Alt key while you drag your selection. Not only does vertical text selection work in Word, but you can use the same shortcut to select text vertically in a lot of plain text editors.

    Developers, Developers, Developers...

    A Roundup for “Developers, Developers, Developers…” - Solution Watch links to a whole mess of online tools with a developer focus.

    Victory in the Senate

    Last week the US Senate unanimously passed the Dodd-Smith amendment restoring $2.2 billion of poverty-fighting funding to the international affairs budget.

    By restoring this money, the Senate matched the president's international affairs budget request which represents a $3.7 billion increase over 2007 levels. This is just the first step in what could be the greatest increase to the international affairs budget in recent history. We still need the House and Senate to agree on a final budget and only then will the appropriations process begin, but this is a critical first step.

    To learn more visit - The Campaign to Make Poverty History

    The Buff Buffet

    The reasons why these Power 12 foods help build more muscle.

    Now that the Dev Summit is over, I'm re-focusing my workout and goals for eating and working out better.

    Monday, March 26, 2007

    Dev Summit Summary

    After the plenary session, the technical session started and ran through Thursday.  Things went well and everyone seemed to have a good time.  Wednesday morning, Mark D. from Gartner spoke and Eddie A. from Microsoft finished off the day with his keynote address.

    The closing session was a nice lunch followed by a summary of the Summit by Jim M. and Jack D.  Then a interesting open question and answer session with senior ESRI management.  The overall feedback has been positive but I'd like to know your take on the Summit.  Leave me a comment or send me an email (

    Just want to say thanks to all the members of the Dev Summit management team that worked behind the scenes for months to make this event a success.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007

    Update from the Dev Summit

    Following the Plenary session and a nice lunch, the session started and their seemed to be a lot of interest in ArcGIS Server and the Geodatabase session.  The Community was packed with Tech Talks, Meet the Teams, and the ESRI Showcase.

    Everyone then headed out to the pool for a buffet dinner and drinks.  It's really nice that lunch and dinner were provide for attendees allowing everyone to stay at the conference center and talk.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007

    Online GIS

    The final section of the plenary focused on Online.

    Deane K (ArcGIS Online Manager) introduced ArcGIS Online services as...

    • Ready to use Maps and Globes (2D and 3D)
    • Use in ArcGIS Desktop
    • Build custom applications
    • Task (Functions)
      • Place Finder
      • Address Matching
      • Routing

    ArcGIS Desktop has come with DVDs of Maps and Data for years, now with ArcGIS Online you can quickly enhance a map by using some of the Online maps and data.  The map document with the ArcGIS Online data can then be published by ArcGIS Server and used by varies clients.

    ArcWeb was up next, Jim K (ArcWeb Manager) focused on the advantages of ArcWeb for developers.  ArcWeb has several APIs for developers

    • SOAP
    • REST
    • JavaScript

    The demo showed off the REST API to ArcWeb and a sleek demo of a dynamic Map Book (I want that demo as it looks great!)

    Sessions start up after lunch but I'll try and update later tonight.

    Plenary Session continues..

    After a great demo by Fred on ArcGIS Mobile where he built a custom app in VS 2005 and deployed it to a Windows Mobile SmartPhone...

    Up next, Shelly G (Product Engineer) showed everyone the developer opportunities of ArcGIS Explorer.

    Shelly showed..

    • The free standard version of Explorer with additional data from a ArcGIS Server
    • A custom task built in Visual Studio that imports an Excel spreadsheet with address
      • This was done using the ArcGIS Explorer SDK which provides .NET developers everything needed to extend the functionality of Explorer.
    • Custom "map tips" that showed additional information for each of the addresses that were imported into Explorer
    • Another custom task that created routes based on the results of importanting the address from Excel
    • The final point was to show how easy it is to deploy custom task powered by ArcGIS Server

    Up next, ArcGIS Online.

    ArcGIS Server takes the Stage (Author - Server - Use)

    The ESRI Developer Summit plenary session continues with the focus on Server GIS.  Dave W. (ArcGIS Server Manager) leaded a presentation on the power of ArcGIS Server and the opportunities for developers.  Rex H. (.NET ADF Product Engineer) gave a demo on the power yet ease of use in building ArcGIS Server solutions based on the .NET Framework.  He built a great looking .NET web application based on the AJAX enabled web controls.  Up next, Jay T (Senior Java Architect) gave a detailed ArcGIS Server Enterprise Integration demo.  This was one of the first real demos I've seen of a SOA and how everything fits together.

    Next, Fred A (Developer) showed off the new ArcGIS Mobile SDK and the ability to create smart clients to ArcGIS Server.  This allows you to take the power of ArcGIS out of the office, leveraging Windows Mobile devices and GPS receivers.

    More to come as the session continues...

    2nd Annual ESRI Developer Summit

    The Dev Summit has started here in Palm Springs, last night Developers spent time in the ESRI Showcase and GIS Expo.  Today things really got going with Plenary Session.  Jim McKinney (ArcGIS Project Manager) got things stared by talking about the ESRI Software and Products teams at ESRI. Jack Dangermond (ESRI President) then introduced Scott Morehouse (Director of Software Development) to the stage to share his vision of GIS and development projects his teams are working on.


    Following Scott's speak, Euan Cameron (Senior Architect) lead a series of presentation and demos on extending ArcGIS Desktop and creating custom solutions with ArcGIS Engine.  Demos had lots of code in both .NET and Java.

    More to come on ArcGIS Server and Mobile after the break.

    Note:  The plenary session today is for both Dev Summit attendees and ESRI Business Partners and International Distributors.  I'm guessing there are about 2000 in the room.

    Monday, March 19, 2007

    It's time

    The ESRI Business Partner Conference here in Palm Springs is underway and Developer Summit attendees are starting to arrive and register.  

    The Dev Summit officially gets going this afternoon with the GIS Solution Expo and Social.  The weather is great and session content should be even better. 

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007

    VS 2005 for Vista

    Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista - Vista compatibility for VS2005. Soma talks a bit more about this release here.

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    Developer Summit in just a few days

    The ESRI Developer Summit is just a few days away and before everyone starts packing up for their trip to Palm Springs, I just wanted to say that I hope to meet as many subscribers to this blog as possible next week.  I'll be in Palm Springs throughout the conference so please stop by and say hi.  If you want to meet and can't find me, give me a call.  My cell number while in Palm Springs is 909-801-4099.

    See you all next week and don't forget your sunglasses.

    Friday, March 02, 2007

    Donate and Steve will go bald

    Checkout Steve's blog as he's looking for donataions to help battle childrens' cancer.