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    Monday, March 24, 2008

    BBC NEWS reports on wacky new Google office

    More then just free food

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7290322.stm


    Quote of the Day:
    Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.
    --Terry Pratchett

    Tuesday, March 18, 2008

    Dev Summit Update

    Things are really busy today at the Dev Summit.  There are a ton of good sessions plus the Showcase which includes Demo Theater and Meet the Teams.

    And there is a pool-side dinner tonight.  The weather looks great outside so it should be nice.

    By old boss is here from Utah County so it's been nice to catch up with him and other old friends attending the Summit.


    Quote of the Day:
    The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.
    --Antiphanes, ancient Greek dramatist

    Dev Summit - Plenary part 5

    Next up was Scott (Director of Software Development and Research) to talked about the power of ArcGIS as a complete System.

    Scott then shared his thoughts on 9.3 then his thoughts on what's next.  He announced that the next major release of ArcGIS will be version 9.4

    Dev Summit - Plenary part 4

    Up next was the "Desktop" section...  This covered ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Explorer.

    Some good improvements for Engine and Desktop including a Error Reporting in ArcMap and Dynamic Display and Editing enhancements for Engine.

    Nice overview demo of all the things ArcGIS Explorer can do...

    Then a sneak peak at Explorer 600 and a yet to be released Explorer Map Control for developers.

    Dev Summit - Plenary part 3

    In the Mobile section, the pros & cons of building an mobile editing solution was covered between ArcGIS Engine and ArcGIS Mobile.

    The big announcement for Engine is that you will now have 2-way GDB replication support using ArcSDE for Microsoft's SQL Server Express.

    Then a demo about the Mobile SDK for building and deploying a application for a Windows Mobile device. It's nice that after showing the demo application, he showed how it was built and showed the key parts of the code in Visual Studio.

    And finally in this section, the new ArcGIS Mobile Editor was shown.  This is a new out of the box application built by ESRI from the Mobile SDK.

    Up next is Desktop (ArcMap, Engine and Explorer)...

    Dev Summit - Plenary part 2

    Lots of demos of the improvements to the ArcGIS Server ADFs for both .NET and Java web developers.

    Then a great overview of the new JavaScript APIs for ArcGIS Server. Plus some nice demos of ArcGIS Server with Google Maps and Microsoft's Virtual Earth.

    Just a note about the presenters... I know these guys and they are key members of the development teams so it's great that they are willing to get up in front of 1500 people and demo their work.

    Mobile is up next...

    Dev Summit - Plenary Session part 1

    The session kicked off with a cool video based on the theme

    <code to live> <live to code>

    Jim McKinney (the overall ArcGIS Project Manager) kicked things off then Jack Dangermond (ESRI President) shared a few words about the importance of Developers to ESRI.

    The plenary is shorter this year so that there can be more session... The agenda for the morning is going to focus on 9.3 for developers...

    • ArcGIS Server
    • Mobile
    • Desktop / Engine
    • Explorer
    • Beyond 9.3
    • Developer Community Program

    Monday, March 17, 2008

    Day 1 - Dev Summit

    The ESRI Dev Summit has begun... Today is all about the pre-summit workshops and it looks like a lot of people are already in town and ready to take advantage of the pre-summit sessions.

    I'm try to listen to as much as "Introduction to Planning, Developing and Maintaining ArcGIS Applications" - this session is been given by senior staff from ESRI's Implementation Services team.

    This afternoon there are 4 different workshops focusing on Geodatabase, Geoprocessing, Server and Engine for Developers. But I'll be in some meetings and final rehearsal for the plenary session.

    Tonight is a pool side social with food, drink and entertainment.

    For those not yet here, the weather in Palm Springs is great with highs in the 70s F for the next few days. But I would recommend a jacket for mornings and evenings.

    Tuesday, March 11, 2008

    Pasadena Triathlon

    On Saturday, I competed in my first triathlon (Pasadena Triathlon). And can successfully report that I reached my goal of finishing in less then 60 minutes. I completed the 5k run, 15k bike, 150m swim in 59:32.  I was 7th in my age group so I'm pleased with my results. And as a bonus, the triathlon was on the 9 month anniversary of my ACL re-construction surgery.  So I want to say thanks to my surgeon Dr. Yu and the great physical therapy staff an Outback here in Redlands.

    It was a lot of fun and I plan on doing another spirit tri in May and then moving up to the Olympic distance.

    I'm in Palm Springs for the ESRI Dev Summit next week so let me know if anyone is up for a run or swim.

    Friday, March 07, 2008

    ArcGIS Server Code Challenge

    Checkout the entries to the ArcGIS Server Code Challenge at the official code challenge blog.

    ArcGIS Server Code Challenge Blog

    Quote of the Day:
    If you can't beat your computer at chess, try kickboxing.
    --Anonymous