So I was walking to the Esri Dev Meetup in Arlington, VA with Kate Chapman and Adam Estrada and we were talking about SpatiaLite. Specifically, we were discussing James’ recent post and the lack of uptake of SpatiaLite. The really easy thing to do is to lay the blame at the feet of Esri for not supporting it. But then it occurred to me that Esri hasn’t succeeded in making the file geodatabase the next shapefile nor did they succeed in making the personal geodatabase the next shapefile. When I think about it, Esri has been trying really hard to kill the shapefile for a long time, without success.