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How to Activate an ArcGIS Developer Subscription

This blog looks at how to activate your ArcGIS Developer subscription and the associated ArcGIS Online accounts.  If you do not already have your ADS code an My Esri Administrator will need to email you the ADS Code by selecting Send Developer Subscription Code from the Licensing> Manage Developer Subscriptions page in My Esri. You will also require access to My Esri.

Once you have received this code you can then follow the steps outlined below to complete the activation process.

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Shapefiles vs FGDB Feature Classes – The differences and the benefits of using Feature Classes

What is the difference?

Shapefiles are a type of feature class. A feature class is a collection of common features that share geometry, attribute fields and in GIS, a spatial reference. Geodatabase feature classes, which are more commonly referred to as just feature classes, are object based containers that store all of the above in a single item, rather than the multiple file structure we see in shapefiles.

Structure of Shapefiles – Multiple files required to make up same item
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