Steve has blogged about Clint Brown’s talk at the CA/HI/NV/Guam RUG meeting. There’s nothing particularly suprprising but we’re starting to get dates and features tied to version numbers. I am encouraged that 9.3 will be in beta soon. ESRI’s odd-numbered releases are always more stable. The support for PostgreSQL with ArcSDE is not a surprise. … Read more
With apologies to the great Robert Frost. I’ll admit that over the last few months I’ve become something of an open-source convert. I’ve been in the consulting business for about 15 years now and I’ve made through the “holy wars” relatively unscathed (Microsoft/Linux, IE/Netscape/Firefox, Oracle/Everyone else, ad nauseum). I’ve said it before that it’s not … Read more
This post from pfisk brought back a flood of memories. I haven’t done AutoLISP since I last used ArcCAD. I thought the point made about leveraging concepts from AutoLISP for 3D drawings was an interesting one.
I was IMing with Paolo today and we were discussing his employer’s decision to migrate to open-source. The conversation took a few turns and we touched upon the concept of free closed-source software vice free open-source software. His employer had rejected a free CMS that was not open-source. This got me into a philosophical frame of … Read more
The ESRI Federal User Conference is almost here. I’ll be going this year because my company is doing a booth. I like to refer to this event as the “UC-Lite” in that it’s smaller and more focused. I highly encourage anyone in the DC/MD/VA region to go. First of all, admission is free to all … Read more
I’ve been intrigued for some time by an open-source (GPL) project out there called zigGIS. It is a C# project that enables a direct read of PostGIS by ArcGIS. It is intriguing for a couple of reasons. First is the promise of reading directly from PostGIS and working with your data in ArcMap without the … Read more