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Friday, April 21, 2006

A article “Georgia maps future with Ajax,” pings interest with the words Ajax and maps in the title. But then, to my surprise, talks little about mapping. Instead it relates to the underlying platform strategy, which includes none of those companies swirling in the mapping buzz: Google, ESRI, et. al.

Who gets the plugs? 

GDOT is moving from ColdFusion on Macromedia’s old JRun server to Java applications running on BEA WebLogic Server built with WebLogic tools.

Chambers said the architecting of the BEA WebLogic-based services is being done by IBM consultants using the Rational Software Architect tool. When new servicess are ready for testing, GDOT relies on quality assurance tools from Compuware Corp.

Also amusing is this comment on once “hot and hip” ColdFusion:

Despite its almost senior citizen status as a scripting language, Chambers [IT applications administrator, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)] says, “It’s a great RAD (Rapid Application Development) tool.”

Seriously, though, do any geospatial companies make any money on this new website?

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/21 at 06:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, April 20, 2006

I got an e-mail today from Bentley. I was addressed thus:

“Dear EPC,”

I felt silly as I had no idea I was an EPC. And, not suprisingly, I didn’t know what an EPC was…

After some searching, first via Google, then on the company’s website, I learned it means “engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).”

Suggestion: Maybe, just maybe, it’s worth defining an acronym before addressing someone with it?

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 11:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I’ve been asking the same question since the launch of Autodesk’s Design Web Format, DWF: what’s in it for those of us in GIS? I got few answers and so far as I recall no demonstrations that even used GIS data in DWF. That said, Autodesk staff maintained it was widely used by customers in the Infrastructure Solutions Division, ISD.

So, I was gratified to find, on a mechanical CAD website a press release about an actual presentation by Jonathan Knowles, Autodesk Global Collaboration Strategist, at ACSM, next week, talking about how DWF is helping a mapping focussed client, Lincoln Electric Systems. “Lincoln Electric Systems is leveraging DWF to provide its field maintenance crews with immediate access to nearly 40,000 construction maps, drawings and schematics from any location.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 07:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I noticed that ESRI has starting putting out press releases on at least some new hires. I believe that’s something new. See for example, this one about the new Commercial Business Industry Solutions Manager. (Is it me or is that one looooong title?) Other Industry Managers hired in recent months (survey, telcom) also had releases about their new jobs.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 07:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Search Engine Watch pointed me to a new Google data API, GData:

The Google data APIs (“GData” for short) provide a simple standard protocol for reading and writing data on the web. GData combines common XML-based syndication formats (Atom and RSS) with a feed-publishing system based on the Atom publishing protocol, plus some extensions for handling queries.

The big enhancement to its format, says Google is that it allows clients to query and get responses from a server. You can even add to, delete or update Web resources via GData. (I think those are called transactions, based on my limited understanding of Web services.)

My first thoughts are that this is a good idea. My second is that I want to be able to query about location. I’ve been reading up on GeoRSS and I hope there’s a way to incorporate its ideas into GData.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 07:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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