The Most Important App Might Not Be The Most Fun

mobile device with applications as tiles

I have a confession to make: my organization's most viewed and most important web map app is not my favorite app to work on.  And it's taken me awhile to realize that this app is the one that needs to be the highest priority.  The Cumberland County Property Mapper receives around 98% percent of our … Continue reading The Most Important App Might Not Be The Most Fun

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GeoDev Summit Recap

GeoDev Summit welcome sign

I wanted to give a recap and tell the backstory to the recently held GeoDev Summit.  The event was held on March 5 at Harrisburg University of Science & Technology.  It was a one day conference for current and future GIS Developers.  Sessions covered topics like Esri's JavaScript API, open-source web GIS technologies, and desktop scripting … Continue reading GeoDev Summit Recap

Building A Soils Clip Tool for Agricultural Preservation Reporting

wheat fields

I'm getting close to wrapping up a project for our Planning department and wanted to share about it.  It's a custom ArcGIS Desktop geoprocessing tool that stemmed from a conversation with one of our planners.  He was having trouble clipping a dataset.  After figuring out the issue, I had him walk me through his entire … Continue reading Building A Soils Clip Tool for Agricultural Preservation Reporting

Esri Map Service Loading & Error Events in Leaflet.js

screen shot of codepen demo map

Over the summer, we were having a recurring issue where our map services on ArcGIS Server were down.  It seemed to happen at random times.  I even received an e-mail while at a picnic about a service being down.  While this was annoying, more concerning was that my web maps built using Leaflet.js and consuming … Continue reading Esri Map Service Loading & Error Events in Leaflet.js

Automating File Transfer from an FTP Site With Python

computer hard drive disk

I wanted to share a project I'm working on as part of my involvement with South Central Task Force GIS Workgroup.  As part of our monthly regional data update process, a file geodatabase is created.  It contains updated versions of various datasets ranging from road centerlines to parks.    The geodatabase is zipped and placed … Continue reading Automating File Transfer from an FTP Site With Python

Esri Leaflet Geocoder Crash Course

road map

I thought I’d introduce the Esri Leaflet Geocoder plugin in this post. It is one of many plugins Esri has developed to support integration with the Leaflet.js web mapping library. Although Esri states that they “provide no guarantee of individual features, nor a traditional product lifecycle to support planning,” they have integrated their technology with … Continue reading Esri Leaflet Geocoder Crash Course

CSS Hacks for Esri’s Web AppBuilder

desk with computer and hand drawings of building layouts

I've recently had the opportunity to develop a few web map apps using Esri's Web AppBuilder (Developer Edition) platform.  It's essentially a HTML5/JavaScript container that displays a web map and various widgets in a standard layout.  The Developer Edition allows you to create custom themes and add custom widgets, features that are not available in … Continue reading CSS Hacks for Esri’s Web AppBuilder