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Dec
9
comment List of freely available GIS books
I presume by "free available" you mean "free available and online"? After all public libraries are free and available, and even specialised technical texts can usually be had through interlibrary loans, if you're willing to wait. :)
Dec
9
comment Does a projection's WKT reflect the computer's locale?
Melita, I presume that's "the arcgis projection library..."? (and it's convention here not to sign posts. People can click through to your user page to get more info)
Dec
9
comment Most common unmet GIS need for businesses
much better Brad, thanks for taking the time to add some detail. There's two keystone phrases in there that resonate with me: "find one thing about their job that has any kind of repetition to it and ... can be mapped." and "a requirement ... is validity. ... data must be touched, cleaned, updated, and maintained from now on"
Dec
8
comment Hardware and software for capturing bathymetric lake elevations?
Brad, as written this is indistinguishable from spam. Please add information. Thanks.
Dec
7
comment Most common unmet GIS need for businesses
Can you provide an an example or two of rich methods which have not progressed from research to general availability?
Dec
6
comment use VBA in a code to edit the attributes table
also to format code so the syntax highlighting and formatting works properly: select the block of text (code) and press [ctrl]-[k] (which indents 4 spaces).
Dec
6
comment use VBA in a code to edit the attributes table
@ammar, thank you for taking the time to share the solution you found with the community. It's people that do that which makes this a great place. :) You're answer would be better if you showed only what was different, where the actual solution lay, rather than block pasting the whole function. You can use a tool like WinMerge (there are others) to create a unified diff or patch file for this purpose.
Dec
6
comment Python for GIS on a thumb-drive
this would be a better answer if you linked to a page or discussion telling how to make Saga portable (or include the instructions within you're answer if they're short enough).
Dec
6
comment Most common unmet GIS need for businesses
@Brad your up-voted comment is good, informative. The answer itself though is so vague it's hard to attach meaning to it. Perhaps fold the two together.
Nov
30
comment What is the modern equivalent to ArcInfo CLEAN?
Nice comprehensive answer, thanks. :) I disagree about all parts of regions being represented in the current GDB data model though: one missing and missed feature is the ability to re-use a single geometry set in multiple "layers". By defining topologies you can bolt them back together, but it's not as seamless as before and (the part I really dislike) more user-side work to create. I'm glad not to suffer the limitations of coverages, but some good things were left behind.
Nov
30
comment What is the modern equivalent to ArcInfo CLEAN?
@kirk it seems most if not all of the the Region data model is missing from current offerings. Thanks for the better question phrasing.
Nov
30
comment What is the modern equivalent to ArcInfo CLEAN?
A key part of the question is "without installing arcinfo workstation". I blame the confusion on ESRI's decision to use the term "ArcInfo" for two very distinct things, and then decouple them. Arcinfo can refer to a) arcinfo workstation, and b) arcinfo license level. You can't have (a) without (b), but you can, and increasingly more and more people do, have (b) without (a).
Nov
29
comment What is the modern equivalent to ArcInfo CLEAN?
No specific data store type. This a question more about general principles than a current pressing project.
Nov
29
comment What is the modern equivalent to ArcInfo CLEAN?
the clean & build part is wrong, it still uses workstation in the background. The validate topology tool looks like the right beast though.
Nov
29
comment What strategies, criteria, or rules to use for selecting coordinate systems?
Thanks for the heads up and correction Bill. I had taken the assertions at face value. How does one determine if an indicatrix is valid?
Nov
23
comment Applying version control to ArcGIS Models
That's right. I'm already putting the binary .tbx file in VC (using mercurial) but that's not very much different from just retrieving the same file from regular backup.
Nov
23
comment Applying version control to ArcGIS Models
Both. My primary workstation remains 9.3 while we try and sort out performance issues with 10.
Nov
18
comment How do I explain what GIS is in a business context
Certainly, but you can't go deeper than saying "GIS marries maps and data" without getting into details. Thus asking a question without details will necessarily draw shallow and generally unuseful answers.
Nov
16
comment How do I explain what GIS is in a business context
I wouldn't even open my mouth in an elevator let alone try and sell something if I didn't have a specific idea of what Bob is interested in and what I had to answer that interest. Doing so would be a sure fire way of demonstrating I have room only for my own interests in mind, a.k.a pushy salesman syndrome. You want to make sale, show you understand something about the problems your potential clients have.
Nov
16
comment What is the cause and solution of this ArcMap tint band drawing issue?
for what it's worth, arcmap 9.3.1 doesn't show the lines shooting into space: imgur.com/2PUri.png. I think it's your video card (or drivers).