Although there has been a great blog on this subject already (see: http://esriaustralia.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/the-new-arcgis-runtime/ ) there still seems to be a bit of confusion over what the ArcGIS Runtime actually is and what you can do with it. First of all ArcGIS Runtime is actually a series of 6 runtimes, each based on a specific platform. These cover IOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, Windows and Linux. So we have 4 runtimes for mobile and 2 runtimes for ArcGIS Desktop. When people refer to the “New ArcGIS Runtime”, most are referring to the Desktop version(s) and this is where I will focus this blog.
So what is it for?
ArcGIS Runtime will enable developers to build custom applications that can be easily distributed to users. Such applications may be required to deliver custom interfaces and/or automate of a set of tasks . Additionally there is a LOT of functionality within ArcGIS Desktop, but most users use only a fraction of it. Being able to strip out unrequired buttons, menus and the underlying code, libraries etc is a big bonus. Not only does this make an application more intuitive and streamlined, it also has the potential to reduce the size of the installation footprint and decrease licensing costs. Continue reading