Redlands, California-Web geographic information system (GIS) technology takes a forward leap with the release of ESRI's ArcGIS API for Flex. With the Flex API, developers can combine GIS-based Web services from ArcGIS Server with other Web content, which can be displayed in simple, dynamic mapping applications over the Web or on the desktop.
API exploits the powerful geospatial capabilities of ArcGIS services. Users can
transform their local data into a visually rich interactive map, query and
display GIS data features and attributes, locate addresses, identify features,
and perform complex spatial analytics. Integrated with Adobe Flex Builder 3,
Flex is a client-side technology that is rendered by Flash Player 9 or Adobe
AIR. As long as developers have access to ArcGIS Server via a URL, they can
program with ArcGIS API for Flex remotely. Since the API is built on the Adobe
Flex framework, developers can put all Flex components, such as list boxes, data
grids, landscapes, and text controls, into custom applications.
can download the API library at the ArcGIS
API for Flex Resource Center
and access the source code for a variety of samples of displaying tiled maps,
turning layers off and on, and switching between different kinds of maps and
imagery. The samples demonstrate how to incorporate symbology, create a map
layer, geocode, analyze data, add drawing tools, and much more.
resource center contains specific documentation about using the packages and
classes included in the library. The resource center also includes a code
gallery with sample applications for the developer community to see each other's
work and speed learning.
is available that features Mansour Raad, a senior software architect at ESRI,
discussing the new ArcGIS Server API for Flex. It includes topics such as MXML,
ActionScript, REST, and Adobe AIR.
early adopter of ArcGIS API for Flex and ArcGIS Server is the City of Boston,
Massachusetts, which recently deployed the Solar
application, a public-facing Web mapping application designed to showcase active
renewable energy installations. The application with a fast and visually dynamic
user interface allows users to calculate the solar power that can potentially be
obtained via rooftops.
chose ArcGIS API for Flex because it allowed us to leverage the power of ArcGIS
Server while delivering a rich, interactive experience to our users," explains
Greg Knight, senior GIS applications developer, Boston Redevelopment Authority.
"Development was both fast and enjoyable, and we are pleased with the
functionality and performance of the application."
learn more about the ArcGIS API for Flex and ArcGIS Server, visit
or call 1-800-447-9778.
New ESRI ArcGIS API for Flex Enhances Web Mapping
October 30, 2008