The key focus of our session this afternoon was taking everyone through a comprehensive overview of the options available for leveraging the power of ArcGIS for Server at 10.1 using Esri’s web APIs.
Kai and I talked through the possibilities of what could be achieved using the ArcGIS Online applications and configurable viewers, and how and when to start extending their appearance and functionality using code.
In a nut shell, if you want to distribute across your organisation, you can achieve a lot with the out of box viewers. They can be quickly configured and deployed, and are released with an ever increasing amount of functionality.
ArcGIS for Server has been re-architected at 10.1 to work in 64-bit architectures and use a more cloud-friendly, web services-oriented design.
In our presentation this afternoon, Erik and I covered a few key highlights of new functionality in ArcGIS for Server at 10.1:
Ozri has kicked off early for 14 GIS professionals from around the country, having just finished the “Moving from VB to Python” pre-conference tutorial. Ebony Wickramanayake and I outlined a path for migrating unsupported legacy VBA-based customisations to more user-friendly, maintainable and future-proofed add-ins.
While VBA customisations still function under 10.1, they are no longer officially supported and require the installation of added components and licenses. Since version 10.0, add-ins have been the recommended way of building and distributing custom functionality. As of version 10.1, it’s possible to use the Python programming language to build these add-ins. The high-level nature of Python makes it an ideal language to develop in.