July 29, 2005

ESRI webservices

ESRI, one of the really BIG guns of the GIS industry, has stealthily released a public, non-commercial version of their extremely cool ArcWeb Service. as far as i can tell there aren't any limitations to its use beyond that it be non-commercial and they promise that it will be permanently free of advertising. we've used their SOAP APIs to talk to ArcWeb from coldfusion--it was a breeze. you can see more info here

and while we're a dyed-in-the-wool ESRI shop, this is pretty cool.


At 7/29/2005 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul, that must be a really stealthy announcement. :-) The information on the site (as you link to it) still indicates that one must buy a license (http://arcweb.esri.com/arcwebonline/getting_started/getting_started.htm, shown at the top of the quick start pages). Do you have a page on their site that explains the non-commercial use? Thanks for the news.

At 7/29/2005 10:41 PM, Blogger PaulH said...

i suppose you missed the first page lnked to? http://www.esri.com/software/awspublicservices/index.html

if you have a commerical account, you'll have to get another one to access this public one.

and as far as i can tell, i don't link to that particular page.

At 7/30/2005 12:00 AM, Anonymous Jeff Bouley said...

Hey Paul,

Good stuff, though I wish they had a real sample app. We're using ESRI here at Kennedy Space Center and ArcIMS is average in relationship to performance. We have looked at competing products and I am very impressed with what ESpatial brings to the table. It's nice to see ESRI do something like this as they are the Microsoft Office of the GIS (ArcEditor) world and I sometimes get the impression that they lack innovation (could go on for quite awhile with specifics) 8-).

At 7/30/2005 11:19 AM, Blogger PaulH said...

well they have a few JSP, etc. samples and some site starters (one for routing in cf/fusebox if i recall correctly). i suppose more examples are always welcome.

i actually like arcIMS, you can really do a lot with it but yeah it's kind of lags a bit and i wish it were leaner. never heard of espatial, while the product might be sweet (i have no idea actually) its kind of hard to beat esri when it comes to community, etc. but again, i'm completely biased about esri.

btw i just heard esri announced this free webservice at the UG.

At 7/30/2005 4:06 PM, Blogger PaulH said...

simple example using the public ws:

At 12/22/2005 2:36 AM, Anonymous Narayan said...

with v2006, now arcweb has downlodable samples for coldfusionMX/jsp with Axis/Jsp with Glue /ASP.NET in C# and VB)

At 12/22/2005 2:38 AM, Anonymous Narayan said...

The link...

Now ESRI also offers REST samples

You guys should check :)


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