I've been watching the following Esri video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULhrWCIH0SQ

And the following two slides confuse me: features vector

What is the difference between Features and Vectors? It seems that in both I specify the area which I want to render, and get in return data from which I can draw the point/line/polygon on the client side.

  • 'Vector Tiles' (square packets of data) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/….
    – Mapperz
    May 18 at 13:26
  • With vector tiles, you cant click points/lines/polygons and get attributes returned via popups. Feature Services support this. Feature services also allow editing of data via the web map while vector tiles are static..I think... May 18 at 14:28
  • a map service can serve vector tiles,
    – nmtoken
    May 18 at 14:36

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Feature return vector feature, it's like regular connecting to a database or datasource but over the web.

Vector (or as in the slide and more accuratly "Vector Tile Service") return a vector tile ie. a container where all vectorial data are cropped by the tile extend and are packaged together.

You will use the tile with a style-sheet for rendering, as the rendering is client side you could use different style-sheet with the same tile set to get the symbology that suit you the most

As a single feature may be separated between several tile this format is good for base map as you get all relevant data in vectorial format in a single tile but not so for analysis.

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