Vishful thinking…

Link to the "ArcGIS Server REST API"

Posted in Uncategorized by viswaug on March 16, 2008

http://sampleserver1.arcgisonline.com/ArcGIS/SDK/REST/index.html (not sure how long this is going to be up for). ArcGIS 9.3 Beta is supposed to have started shipping to the Beta users.

The REST API, Google Maps and VirtualEarth adapters in ArcGIS server 9.3 does hold a lot of promise. These technologies should enable accessing GIS services from the browser a breeze. Unlike Flex the release of Silverlight should also allow all the .NET developers to easily build more usable web-based GIS applications. Handling and processing large datasets through Silverlight should also be more performant than manipulating the DOM using javascript. It should also allow for performing basic and simple geo-processing(intersections etc) at the browser and eliminate round trips to the browser. Unlike Flex, I think the power of Silverlight lies in the fact that it is going to open up RIA development to all the .NET developers.

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