Are there any good resources on WFS support in ArcGIS?

The only documents I found so far are these: How_to_work_with_WFS_using_ArcGIS_Desktop and Consommer des services/données WFS dans ArcGIS 9.2 But I want to know how it works!

I'm interested in how ArcGIS can be a client to a WFS Server.

Seems like the Interop connection is downloading all data on the WFS server into a local Cache, is there any way to get it to fetch the features on-demand?

Update: I voted for this idea Make ArcMap an effective WFS Client to get better support for WFS.

  • Also interesting would be publicly accessible WFS servers. Last time I looked, awhile ago, there were very few, even from ESRI. Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 21:39
  • How it works as in under the hood (as of 9.3 at least, it used FME and does a batch import of features upon project open/layer add), or as in how to set up & work with a client connection?
    – Dan S.
    Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 22:13
  • @matt-wilkie Yes, there are a few on ArcGIS.com, arcgis.com/home/search.html?q=wfs&t=content&focus=maps but it would be great if there where more. Commented Sep 17, 2010 at 5:36
  • @dan-s How it works under the hood and how it's suppose to work with ArcGIS Engine. Commented Sep 17, 2010 at 5:39
  • @Mathias : At the moment, I'm not sure how it would work in ArcGIS Engine. (Maybe this code is helpful? edndoc.esri.com/arcobjects/9.2/NET_Server_Doc/developer/ArcGIS/…) Over the next month or two, though, I'll be developing some continuous integration stuff for a client that will hopefully involve programmatic WFS consumption from ArcGIS Desktop/Engine.... if you're still after information, I'll have a lot more once I've tackled that todo item. :)
    – Dan S.
    Commented Sep 17, 2010 at 17:53

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Leveraging OGC Capabilities in ArcGIS Server 9.3. Check out the description at http://training.esri.com/acb2000/showdetl.cfm?DID=6&Product_ID=934


  • Great, but I'm intrested in how it works when ArcGIS is a client. Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 20:04

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