Community Maps Contribution Management Application Released

For the better part of my first year at Esri, I have been working on a web application for the Community Maps Program that would make it easier for program contributors to upload and manage their data contributions. We released a minimally viable version of the web application in the fall of 2012 which focused […]

Getting to Know the ArcGIS Online Platform

A few of the sessions at the 2013 Esri Developer Summit got me interested in learning more about how I could utilize some of the new features of ArcGIS Online to help me build web mapping applications. As a developer, my instinct is to approach each new application with a blank page in SublimeText and […]

Creating Mapping Applications with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript and Dojo Bootstrap

When the design team doesn’t do Dijit* Recently, our design team delivered a functional HTML wireframe that was developed with Twitter Bootstrap. Ordinarily that would not be a problem, but the application we’re working on is based on the ArcGIS API for JavaScript and as such relies entirely on Dojo. The developers wanted to be […]

How to Build a 5 Ft Tall Web Map, and Why You’d Want to

Recently, the major electric utility that I work for installed a wall full of 50”displays in their power outage response control center, and they asked me to start generating content for it. The content would be real-time summary data of the power outages across the utility’s electric distribution network, and the centerpiece was to be […]

Oracle: Get Month Start and End Dates for a Given Period (i.e. Year)

Took me a few minutes to think this one through, so I thought I’d share. In this example I show the start and end date for each month in the period that contains the fiscal year from 7/1/10 to 6/30/11. select trunc(add_months(’01-JUL-10′, level-1), ‘MM’) start_date, last_day(add_months(’01-JUL-10′, level-1)) end_date from dual connect by level <= ceil(months_between(’30-JUN-11′, ’01-JUL-10′)) […]

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Running The ArcGIS JavaScript API in a SquareSpace Site

Just in case you are curious, SquareSpace does allow you to run ArcGIS Server JavaScript API code on their pages.  Here’s a screen shot of a I map made by copying and pasting code from the simple map sample into a SquareSpace page. The only trick was to move the script tags out of the […]

Why I Am Reviving My WordPress Blog in the Age of Twitter, Facebook, Del.ico.us, Google Reader, Tumblr…

I started this blog in 2005, and back then, it was pretty much either WordPress or Blogger.  WordPress seemed more customizable, especially since I had a hosting plan where I could host my own blog and dive in to the underlying PHP if I wanted to, so it seemed like the right platform for me […]

City of Pasadena Interactive Map Enhancements

The enhancements that I’ve been making to the interactive map on The City of Pasadena’s web site went live yesterday! About the Project The Google Maps based interactive map was originally developed (by another consulting firm) to help residents identify what neighborhood and city council districts they lived in.  A user entered an address, and […]

CairnBuilder

CairnBUILDER is was an interactive mapping application that enables users to draw trails and markers over a topographic map service. CairnBUILDER is was a collaboration between Brian Sims and I and our entry into the ESRI 2010 Mashup Contest.