Last week, I had the opportunity to attend ESRI’s Developers Summit in Palm Springs, CA. It’s a great chance for developers to hang out with ESRI employees, pick their brains, and come away with a little more inspiration regarding their work. It was the first time I’ve had the chance to go to something like this, and I must say it was really good. I’ve come away excited about programming, and limping from a scraped knee earned at their dodgeball tournament.
I won’t bore you with all the details, so I’ll hit you with some of the highlights via bullet-point:
- Geoevents, which are supposed to be the next big thing, will come out in version 10.2 in June. Now, when your district’s tribute enters a danger zone at the Hunger Games, you can be notified by text.
- It’s weird when all their programming APIs are rated by how few lines of code it takes to get a map to show up.
- Designers have no idea how to explain to developers how to be good designers. I think the best advice I heard was “go read a book”.
- The jaw-dropping moment for me was watching a guy on an android tablet get instant driving directions for any location in California and Nevada, all while in airplane mode.
There was a lot more, but I’ve been pecking away at this keyboard for long enough.