Archive for the ‘ESRI’ Category

Post-Relocation – What’s up.

February 6, 2008

I’ve been too busy to blog lately, which isn’t a bad thing. I still need someone to buy my old house (takers?); but here we are, Hays America. Coming back to the town of my alma mater feels like college again except two toddlers are my roomies now (insert joke here). After an evening of getting ‘acclimated’ to local customs (went to a KofC stag) the old gears weren’t spinning this morning as fast as the room was last night. So in lieu of any sort of real productivity today, we blog… (more…)

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The three-month make-up post.

October 10, 2007

Has it really been three months since I posted anything? Sheesh.

To be honest, I put the blog on the back burner when I saw how my late summer/early fall was shaping up. I’ve been waist-deep in ArcGIS Server and SDE implementation (here’s the first release), plus KAM held its annual conference in Manhattan (oops; shoulda blogged that). At any rate, here’s a quarterly redux of the current state of Dealy Geomatics (hopefully with more frequent updates to follow): (more…)

Huzzah! Easy Printing (image export) in ArcGIS Server.

May 8, 2007

I should make it clear that I am an Analyst 1st, Cartographer 2nd and Programmer 3rd (maybe even 4th if you wanna rank data development as a separate category). I had been scouring ESRI support for the past couple of months looking for some help to get a decent print page out of ArcGIS Server (AGS) with limited result.  I mean, I pretty much understand what I can do with server, looking @ the object models, but implementation’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax;  especially for someone like myself with limited time to go along with my limited understanding.

While trying to rectify a bit of a problem with some code I was playing around with, I discovered the “Print Task .Net WebADF”  (& apparently so have a few hundred folks before me).   Mr. Chivite’s contribution to ArcScripts is a glowing example of near-seamless integration within the existing AGS program structure.  You get an installer, concise documentation, and a component that seats itself nicely in the “Tasks” section of the default web site application framework.

Once implemented, a plethora of image formats are available to export (and then print), including good ol’ PDF.  Finally, I can deliver a map that looks like it came out of desktop software.

Printing a map in IMS was a horrid, ugly experience in which neither professional or end-user was ever completely satisfied, no matter how you prettied things up.  Thanks to this custom task, a cartographer can be less of a programmer, and spend more time tricking out map design.   Oh & if I can heckle a bit from the cheap seats – it’s a pity that this kind of functionality isn’t standard equipment in the default AGS browser, especially when IMS offers printing as standard equipment out of the box.

manually-installable version of “Print Task .Net WebADF” is available for those that wanna pick things apart to understand them.  The source appears to be in C# – & ya know this isn’t the first good AGS sample I’ve seen in C# either.  All this time using VB to get stuff done’s making me feel all inadequate. :-/

See you @ the InfiniTec UGC

April 25, 2007

For all you Local Government types who are looking to improve or enhance your organizations’ GIS,  I’ll be attending the InfiniTec User Group Conference May 15-17 in Topeka, KS.  You can sign up via this link.  The sign-up deadline is this Thursday, April 26.  I’ll be there to talk about InfiniTec’s upcoming  transition of their Local Government Information System (LGIS) from ArcIMS to ArcGIS server.  I’ll also have a few demos put together, showcasing how AGS improves the LGIS experience.

We’ll also talk about the paradigm shift in geospatial tech away from desktop toward server-based apps and the parallels between geospatial hosting and “conventional” web hosting.

Hope to see you there & be sure to tell ’em Beau sent ya! 🙂

Hands-on with ArcGIS Server.

February 2, 2007

This week, I had the privilege of spending 2 days in Kansas City with the folks from ESRI St. Louis to get some real hands-on time with ArcGIS Server.

ESRI has been touting “Server” as the next step in the evolution of GIS for the last few years. However, I think with the 9.2 release, we’ve actualy got something usable. My experience in GIS isn’t with web-based applications, so there’s a bit of a learning curve every time I tear into ArcIMS. However, Server might be the bridge that allows me to take my desktop knowledge to the Web.

If nothing else, I think that ArcGIS Server is going to allow for an even-ing of the playing field between the little guy and big business/government. Now, with a knowledgeable vendor (ahem…), small business/government can buy hosting for their entire GIS, just like they do for their web presence. Click through to read on for my 1st ArcGIS Server experience. (more…)

Celebrating GIS Day 2006 in Kansas.

November 7, 2006

Mark your calendars – Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 for World GIS Day.  Locally, there are a few folks that are having celebrations that are open to the public, so if you’re in their neck of the woods, go check ’em out –

Fort Hays State  – Always a good time.  I’ve been to a few of theirs and there’s always a good turn-out with very informative speakers.

Sedgwick County – Free maps & free cookies.  Need I say more?

ESRI’s GIS Day Site  – Lists schools K-12 as well as universities that are holding GIS Day Activities.

Enjoy!