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Building Web Applications with ArcGIS

Building Web Applications with ArcGIS

Building Web Applications with ArcGIS
by Hussein Nasser

Building Web Applications with ArcGIS is a short book. Short books are hard to write, because I have to condense essential information into less than 150 pages. It is challenging to determine what is essential when you know a lot about a particular subject. The writer has to sacrifice of some content so that they can produce a quality title that readers can really benefit from.

ArcGIS is a suite of software, developed by Esri—Environmental Systems Research Institute. ArcGIS allows its users to view, edit, analyze, and work with geographic data. You can work with geographic data on desktop, web, or mobile. This book tackles the web development side of ArcGIS; it teaches the reader how to build web applications that can interact with ArcGIS.

I am very proud of this title. It is a special book because I have tried a new writing style I haven’t used before. This is the first book I have ever written that is purely based on a real-life project. As a reader, you act like a web development company where your clients hand you their requirements. Chapter by chapter you start building the application required by the client gradually: adding functionalities, studying their feasibility, and implementing accordingly. Not only will this teach you the basics of developments for ArcGIS, but it will also relate to your real-life projects as well.

I get bored when I read a book that is cluttered with methods and functions and I have to figure out when and where to use them. Some books give you examples disconnected from reality that you won’t ever encounter in your lifetime. This book is different, as each method you use, each library you add, contributes to a requirement requested by a client and it makes sense. You will read and say “yes, this is something my client would definitely request”.

About This Book

  • Learn how to design, build, and run high performance and interactive applications with the help of ArcGIS
  • Incorporate ArcGIS for Server services to allow end users to visualize, query, and edit GIS data using the ArcGIS JavaScript APIs
  • Step-by-step tutorial that teaches you how to design and customize a GIS web application from scratch

Who This Book Is For

If you are a GIS user or a web programmer, this book is for you. This book is also intended for all those who have basic web development knowledge with no prior experience of ArcGIS and are keen on venturing into the world of ArcGIS technology. The book will equip you with the skills to comfortably start your own ArcGIS web development project.

In Detail

ArcGIS allows users to create rich maps and applications that interact with services hosted on ArcGIS for Server and ArcGIS Online. This book will help you to understand the ArcGIS JavaScript API in a fun way while building a real-life project.

This book revolves around a fictional project called Bestaurants. The journey starts with a description of the project requirements before moving on to designing and sketching an interface of what the website will look like. Then, gradually with each chapter, you will add a single functionality until the full ArcGIS application is completed.

By the end of this book, you will have built an entire ArcGIS web application from scratch. An additional bonus appendix is included on how to build ArcGIS applications with ArcGIS Online–a new and extremely useful service offered by Esri.