Category: maps

Dojo Bootstrap with ArcGIS JavaScript API

If you use the ArcGIS JavaScript API, have you tried Bootstrap? It’s a great way for developers to get a decent looking website up and going pretty quickly that doesn’t look like total crap. It has some handy components, however they are dependent on jQuery because everyone uses jQuery, didn’t you know that? Bootstrap Map…


GIS Day 2014 – Learn some geo

It’s that special holiday we all look forward to this time of year, it’s GIS Day! Now please hold back your excitement. If you are a GIS pro, you are probably lounging around the house enjoying your holiday off. I’ll be hanging out at the LA County GIS Day event most of the day hoping…


10 Things I learned writing ArcGIS Web Dev

So it’s been almost two years now since I took on the challenge of writing the ArcGIS Web Dev book from Manning Publications. Recently I made myself a list of 10 things I learned in the process. I didn’t think I could write Ok, that might be a horrible thing to say considering I have…


Modularized ArcGIS JS, overboard.

I got problems Sometimes I’m not sure what I enjoy doing more, writing code or working with build tools. I recently went on a caffeine fueled bender trying to figure out how to best solve a problem that I run into all too often. Managing changes and fixes in my codebase along all my projects….


ArcGIS Web Development

I’m writing a book. I’ve been somewhat quiet on this project for the past few months aside from some folks who have been gracious enough to review some of my content and make sure I wasn’t completely off the rails on certain items, but earlier this year I began the task of writing a book…


Node for your ArcGIS Dev

Need a local server anyway One of the things that tripped a lot of users up when the ArcGIS JavaScript API moved to version 3.0 and started using Dojo 1.7 as it’s core was the fact that you needed to use a server to test your applications. This is by no fault of the ArcGIS…


Embrace Your Modules

A thousand steps to nowhere… I think the first programming language I really started writing code in was Visual Basic 6. I had done some scripting previously in AutoCAD for simple things and I had done some VBA in Office, but VB6 was when I first wrote stuff that was taken seriously (sorta). I remember…


Quick Tip: r.js to build your ArcGIS JS Applications

"How do I build my ArcGIS JavaScript Application using the Dojo build tools?" I’ve seen this question come up a few times and thought I would share my experience. I’ve posted about this on twitter a couple of times, but thought it warranted it’s own posting. A quick answer to the question above is, I…


Quick Tip: CSS Filters and your ESRI Tiles

I was playing around with some css properties recently while working on a project to try and make working with the OSM layer in the ArcGIS JS API a little nicer. The service already looks good, but I kept wishing I had it as a grayscale. Then I found this. The way I did it…


Getting modular with the ArcGIS JavaScript API

Maybe it’s all the time I’ve spent using frameworks like Swiz and Robotlegs in my Flex development, but I usually strive to try and keep my code modular. Breaking it up into smaller manageable pieces, not┬ánecessarily so that I could reuse files but mostly for my own sanity. Have you ever caught yourself starting a…