I would like to know if there is a way to serve feature class stored in ArcSDE into json format other thant publishing a map service and using queries with the REST API.

For instance, is it possible to publish a geoData service and serve the full features class in json format?

Is there any other way to serve json data from feature class stored in ArcSDE?

  • You can do virtually anything in a GP service, and the same goes for an SOE, but it does represent significant work to re-invent the wheel.
    – Vince
    Apr 8, 2016 at 16:24
  • @Vince ok, so I presume you suggest to use queries with REST API Apr 8, 2016 at 18:08
  • You'd have to explain why you don't want to use existing functionality before I could make any recommendation.
    – Vince
    Apr 8, 2016 at 19:20
  • I am a bit reluctant using a mapService because the datasets are not predefined. If I dont have to update my mapService when a new feature class is available, that will be a step avoided. Apr 8, 2016 at 19:29
  • In most use cases this is a complete non-issue, either because the services are fixed, or because new services are created for new data.
    – Vince
    Apr 8, 2016 at 19:53

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Even if you you could go with geodata services and doing crazy thing with replicas (extracting certain feature classes etc), you would still need to write own web service that would work with the data.

I strongly suggest using a geoprocessing service instead. You can write simple arcpy code that can read the feature class with arcpy.da.SearchCursor and mapping rows with fields (to a dict first and then using Python json module for dumping into JSON) and then create a list of features (as JSON objects). Alternatively, running the Features to JSON GP tool would do that for you.

  • Good idea. Do you think such geoprocessing would be faster, similar or slower then the REST queries in a mapService? Apr 8, 2016 at 16:59
  • Using a GP service for that will be slower than REST queries to map service or a map service with feature access enabled (aka feature service), but the question is how much slower can you accept it to be (comparing to the time you will spend developing an own web service that will serve the features). Apr 8, 2016 at 17:22
  • I am not sure to understand what you mean by having to develop a web service. My goal is to load json data from arcgis server into a javascript map API using REST request made with Ajax simplely Apr 8, 2016 at 17:27
  • @BelowtheRadar, the geodata service cannot return you the JSON. This is why I said that you would need an own web service that would read the contents of the data saved (perhaps in form of replicas). Go with the GP services; author a script tool that will return a JSON object back and make this the output parameter. In the JS API, you will be able to get back the JSON object to work with then. Apr 11, 2016 at 5:21
  • I am new to ArcGIS Server but I though that ArcGIS server would be able to return data from GP service over http. What python library would you use to serve the JSON ? Can you guide me to a documentation on this subject? Apr 11, 2016 at 11:45

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