Last summer was a busy and exciting season of life. My wife and I welcomed our third child into the world, and I had the opportunity to develop the Python for ArcGIS course for Harrisburg Area Community College. This self-paced online course is now available to purchase. The course consists of video lessons, exercises, and recommended … Continue reading Announcing the Python for ArcGIS Course
Over the past few years, I've been working on a side project to update the hiking trails map for a small camp. Though the project has taken longer than I anticipated, it has been very rewarding. This past week, I think we finally finished the map. And it was during this last revision process that … Continue reading Are You Thinking About Your Map Users?
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
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
I'm teaming up with Harrisburg University to hold the first-ever GeoDev Summit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The event will be held on March 5, 2018, and will have technical sessions for experienced GIS Developers, as well as those just getting started. As I've been considering what types of sessions to provide for new developers, I thought … Continue reading Some Tools I Use As A GIS Developer
The Esri Story Maps platform is pretty popular among GIS professionals these days. I wanted to share one of the enhancements I made to the Shortlist template. I have a fork of this project on GitHub, where I've provided the custom code for both the 1.4.9 and 2.2.3 versions of the app. At version 2.x, … Continue reading Customizing the Esri Shortlist Story Map App
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
I feel that I have grown in leaps and bounds this year with my Python and ArcPy coding skills. A big part of this has been the various projects I've taken on helping the Pennsylvania South Central Task Force's (SCTF) GIS Workgroup with its regional data sharing. I've also been learning a lot about ArcPy … Continue reading Converting Parcels to Address Points With a Python Script