Since we first got our hands on ArcGIS Server 9.2, we’ve been researching ways to monitor its performance and usage. We were keen to apply our knowledge and experience from products developed for the ArcIMS domain, but knew there would be additional challenges due to the fundamental architectural differences between ArcIMS and ArcGIS Server. Well, enough progress has been made that we’re happy to let people know that Geocortex Statistics for ArcGIS Server is beginning to take shape. If there are features that you’d like to see in the version 1.0 release, we’d love to hear them (please give us a ring or fire an email our way).
Archive for November, 2007
Steve McConnell (Code Complete) does a great job of discussing the concept of Technical Debt.
“The term ‘technical debt’ was coined by Ward Cunningham to describe the obligation that a software organization incurs when it chooses a design or construction approach that’s expedient in the short term but that increases complexity and is more costly in the long term.”
Yesterday I attended a live training seminar offered by ESRI titled “Authoring and Publishing Optimized Map Services”. This seminar provided good information on things to consider when authoring an ArcMAP MXD file for web distribution.
If you missed out on yesterday’s live seminar, check the archives on the ESRI Training and Education website – training seminars are recorded and will be posted online a few weeks after the live presentation.
In the news:
I wonder how long will it be before all commercial vehicles are monitored for compliance by regulatory agencies? To me, it seems almost inevitable. What will be the reaction from individual drivers and organizations like the Teamsters?
Geocortex IMF 5.2 is now shipping, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. While the demo site is there to explore, we figured we’d organize some guided tours so people can just kick back and get a thorough overview of the new features and capabilities. You’ll just phone in, click on a link, and enjoy the show (there’ll be Q&A time at the end).
We’ve created two distinct presentations; What’s New in Geocortex IMF 5.2 (Nov 14, Nov 20) and Introduction to Geocortex IMF 5.2 (Nov 16).
Click here to learn more/sign up.
If these webinars prove popular, we’ll do more of them in the future.
We’re doing lots of work with Automated Vehicle Location these days, and I’m fascinated by the impact of better information about the location of people and things.
The benefits of tracking non-human assets are fairly obvious, but at first the notion of tracking people didn’t sit well with me (it made me think of a radio-collared moose). However, I’ve come to view it as a positive technology provided it is being implemented in good faith as part of the evolution of business systems designed to ensure parties are following the terms of their agreements (and the law).
Here’s an excerpt from a fairly recent case in New York:
“In a precedent-setting case, administrative trial judge Tynia Richard recommended the firing of John Halpin, a veteran supervisor of carpenters, for cutting out before the end of his shift on as many as 83 occasions between March 2 and Aug. 9, 2006. The evidence against Halpin, whose base pay is $300 a day, included time cards that suspiciously appeared stamped on the same machine, even though his duties placed him in different locations each day.
But there was a clincher: data gathered through the GPS system on Halpin’s cellphone…”
You can read the whole story here.
My work environment consists of a desktop computer and a laptop. I do all of my development work on the desktop and use my laptop for instant messaging, email, testing, and other miscellaneous tasks. The only problem with this arrangement is that it requires two keyboards and two mice – not an optimal workspace arrangement. I found a very useful open-source utility called Synergy that solved this problem nicely. Synergy allows you to use a single mouse and a single keyboard to control as many computers as you would like – similar to remote desktop, only different. Interestingly, Synergy also allows you to “cut and paste” from one computer to another – sort of like a shared clipboard. Seeing Synergy work for the first time can be a bit startling but after the initial shock, you begin to see the possibilities.
Synergy can be a bit tricky to set up. In a Synergy installation, one computer is configured the server and one or more computers are configured as clients. On each participating workstation, you must tell Synergy the physical orientation of each participant. For example, my laptop is “to the left of” my desktop and my desktop is “to the right of” my laptop. It seems strange that I have to do this on both computers, but it is necessary. If you run into any problems, read through the FAQ where most common configuration issues are addressed.
Give it a try. I think you’ll find Synergy to be very useful.