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this thread was pointed out to me and I thought I could assist by providing a little transparency about ArcGIS Professional. I look after the teams responsible for ArcMap, ArcGlobe, ArcScene, ArcGIS Engine, and the new ArcGIS Professional application. Firstly, it’s an active development project and many important decisions both technical and business ...


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In the beginning, there was INFO (a standalone relational file manager, available on minicomputers like Prime, VAX, and DG) made by Henco. Then ESRI (now Esri) added geometry processing, paired with attributes within INFO, and called the result ARC/INFO ("arc" files supported line types, both linear features and the edges of polygons). The name mutated to ...


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In 15 years of answering GIS questions on listservers and, now, Web pages, I have noted some recurring issues that suggest a need for practitioners to learn certain specific computing concepts. None of these are deep; all these are well known; but all seem to be common deficiencies in the background or understanding of a significant minority (majority?) of ...


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As an update to my original speculation (below the line), I just came across an Esri answer to What is ArcGIS Pro?. The same link has answers to a number of Common Questions about this new application and implies that it will be called ArcGIS Pro rather than ArcGIS Professional. ArcGIS Pro is a new application that will be released as part of ArcGIS ...


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Few from my side, mostly out of ESRI world: CARTODB MapBox OPENGEO Linfiniti Geo Blog Smathermather's Weblog GISTUTOR Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK Google Geo Developers


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There are formats for citing software, see for example this question on tex.SE. Whether you should cite them depends on the publication venue, but particularly where the specific implementation is non-obvious it is a helpful thing to include. In this case, the citation would look something like: ESRI 2011. ArcGIS Desktop: Release 10. Redlands, CA: ...


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OBJECTID, OID and FID refer to an unique identifier of an object within a table. FID is the name primarily used in shapefiles (OID for plain DBF tables), and OBJECTID is at home in geodatabases (for both object classes and feature classes).


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I do it with a batch file. You could write the code below as a single line, or by updating locations you could create a loop of paths/installers. SET INSTALL_PATH=\\myNetworkShare\InstallerLocation\ MSIEXEC.EXE /X %INSTALL_PATH%\setup.msi /QB The following KB articles provide a good starting place: Install/Uninstall using Batch files Silent Uninstall ...


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I became curious to know why people don't ask them to the technical support. Many do also. When you have a issue or question, it can often be a good idea to request Tech Support (ie, ask Esri), and post to the ArcGIS discussion forum (ie, ask the Esri user community), and perhaps even also post here to GIS.SE. Doesn't have to be a this or that. ...


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They mean the same thing except that FID applies only to feature classes while OID (object ID) applies to object classes, which includes feature classes and tables.


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This recipe works for us, an extended version of KHibma's answer. There may be better methods but this does well enough for us right now -- grab the Windows registry product codes from HowTo: Silently uninstall ArcGIS products and feed them to msiexec: msiexec /x %product_code% /qn /passive Remove the /passive to run silently (no pop-up progress window). ...


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If you really want to make yourself valuable (and marketable), learn how to code. Demand for programmers in GIS-related fields is only going to go up as it becomes increasingly mainstream. There are a number of other questions about this here so I'll just reference them rather than restating everything. Which route will provide the best education and ...


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I graduated from an ESRI-centered program in which the faculty did a pretty nice job separating concept (lecture) and utility (lab). My primary weaknesses upon exiting academia were: 1) I had no SQL skills, no knowledge of basic database principles; and 2) I was unprepared for the programmatic pre-processing required for most data sets. I recommend a "data ...


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I might be misunderstanding your question but, I don't think you should cite ArcGIS or any of the tools used in any analysis. Citation is used for authoritative sources. Data citation should be included in the metadata of your data source. The tool you use for analysis is not an authoritative source, the person using the tool is. E. g. you cite the author of ...


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I have contacted ESRI support several times in the last few years. You have to have your customer number, and alot of times end users in a large company do not have access to that number. My queries to them were usually about issues with ArcSDE that we HAD to figure out ASAP or extremely odd behaviors with ArcGIS Server. I find the email support to be quite ...


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Even if the university uses ESRI, I would recommend introducing, or describing open-source equivalents. For one, it's much easier for students to install QGIS on their laptops than ArcGIS if they want to test out opening a shapefile as QGIS is significantly smaller (ArcGIS 10 is 2 - 3GB) and students do not need an internet connection. My university has ...


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At present ArcGIS Desktop is not supported on the Linux platform but you can install Server platform software on Linux such as ArcGIS Server. For more details please check ESRI FAQ: Will ArcGIS run on Linux? See also Desktop GIS for Linux (in Linux Journal)


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Here is my take on it (partly in the comments up above). 11.0 release. That probably means Q3 2014. 64-bit native, and only 64-bit. No ArcObjects. Likely Java based, in particular based on the current core for ArcGIS Server 10.1 Part of maintenance rather than a separate product. If you get ArcGIS Pro, you also get ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced. Integrated ...


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Also outside of the US we get local "Esri" support which is not always very good (sometimes never!). These forums allow us to tap into audiences in the US.


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Here are some GIS developer blogs (python included): Another GIS Blog ArcGIS & Python Dave Bouwman Café Python CGarrad Dll Shepherd.Net GIS Solved Guerilla GIS Nerd tips for things you probably won't use Node Dangles


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To open an mxd, to the best of my knowledge, you will need a license of ArcGIS for Desktop to use its ArcMap application, which is by no means cheap. It seems that there are some tools out there to convert an ESRI document into a format that an open source solution like QGIS can read but it looks like they require access to an ArcGIS license as well. I ...


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Be sure you uninstall all 3rd party arcgis extensions before uninstalling ArcGIS. Often 3rd party (un)installers check to make sure the appropriate Esri libraries are present before allowing installation - or uninstallation! For example, say you have a 3rd party Arcmap extension written for 10.0, and you uninstall ArcGIS 10.0, then install ArcGIS 10.1. ...


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Last version 4.0 was in 2002 and that is "old" now. As time moves on, the risk increases that updating any piece of software (java, OS update etc.) on your server, makes ArcIMS fail. That should be a good enough reason to replace it, unless you make sure not to change anything and your needs do not change. I used to administer an ArcIMS installation around ...


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You've really kind of answered your own question here, but I'll elaborate for the purposes of canonism. I'll provide you with some ideas based off of specific skills that I often see requested at the GIS jobs clearinghouse. You can pretty much go two separate routes here (or both simultaneously) and both are pretty wide open: Building your analysis ...


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OGR can convert GML and/or shapefile to PostGIS, SpatiaLite and a number of other datastores, and has a well developed API. Both postgis and spatialite can support the kind of query you want, though I personally have not done so (actually depending on the details of your queries, you may be able to do all of it in OGR).


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One useful place to look for clues is the GeoCortex tools. Latitude Geographics bases its entire (and quite successful) business model around building on ArcGIS with value-added tools. Whether or not they have any inside knowledge of ESRI's road-map I don't know, but they certainly must spend an awful lot of time thinking about it. About this time last year ...


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I believe that you need a license of ArcGIS for Desktop to use its ArcMap application as well. You can also ask the client to send the shape-file and open them in the open-source tool QGIS


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Looks like June 2013. Please see the attached link First paragragh. http://www.esri.com/events/devsummit Mike


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I was actually able to spend a couple of hours over the week at the Test/Demo pylon and play with the software.What you see is the new version/direction the desktop software is going. With the rewrite of the server back-end to be 64bit they have started to write a new desktop front-end to use all the new/improved/refactored code from the server to make the ...


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I recently took these online courses. They are free, and do a decent job of explaining some of the new features with hands on exercises. Using ArcMap in ArcGIS Desktop 10 Getting Started with GIS (for ArcGIS 10) Editing in ArcGIS Desktop 10



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