ArcGIS Web Development
Rene Rubalcava
  • November 2014
  • ISBN 9781617291616
  • 248 pages
  • printed in black & white

The most succinct tutorial for using the ArcGIS JavaScript API.

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ArcGIS Web Development is an example-rich tutorial designed to teach developers to use the ArcGIS JavaScript API to build custom GIS web applications.

About the Technology

Now you can unshackle your GIS application from a workstation! Using the ArcGIS JavaScript API, developers can build mobile and web-based maps and applications driven by ArcGIS data and functionality. Experienced ArcGIS developers will find that the familiar development environment provides a smooth transition to the web. Web developers new to GIS will be pleased by how easily they can apply their existing skills to GIS applications.

About the book

ArcGIS Web Development is an example-rich guide that teaches you to use the ArcGIS JavaScript API to build custom GIS web applications. The book begins with easy-to-follow examples that introduce readers to the ArcGIS JavaScript API and show how you can apply simple customizations. As the book progresses, you'll explore a full-scale, web-mapping application. By the end you will be able to build web apps that have features you'd ordinarily expect to find only in dedicated GIS applications.

Table of Contents detailed table of contents



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Part 1 ArcGIS JavaScript Foundation

1. GIS as a tool

1.1. GIS: here, there, everywhere

1.1.1. The GIS tools landscape

1.1.2. Introducing the ArcGIS platform

1.1.3. Why care about spatial applications?

1.2. Understanding the GIS bits

1.2.1. The what and the where of GIS data

1.2.2. Serving GIS data: ArcGIS Server and the REST API

1.2.3. Choosing an ArcGIS web API

1.3. Things to know

1.3.1. JavaScript, Dojo Toolkit, and Dijit

1.3.2. Introducing a tad of GIS

1.3.3. Interacting with the ArcGIS REST API

1.4. Summary

2. Introducing core API concepts

2.1. From data to map

2.1.1. Parts of a basic map

2.1.2. Specifying common map options

2.2. Understanding layers and accessing data

2.2.1. Layer types for raster-based data

2.2.2. Layer types for vector-based data

2.2.3. Getting to know the GraphicsLayer

2.2.4. Creating graphics with the QueryTask

2.3. Working with the FeatureLayer

2.3.1. Advantages of a FeatureLayer

2.3.2. Creating a FeatureLayer

2.3.3. Optimizing application performance

2.3.4. Selecting items in the FeatureLayer

2.4. Summary

3. Working with the REST API

3.1. Introducing the ArcGIS Server REST API

3.1.1. Exploring how the API works

3.1.2. Interacting with ArcGIS Server pages

3.2. Building your own widget

3.2.1. Building the legend root menu

3.2.2. Retrieving legend details

3.2.3. Displaying details in the custom legend widget

3.2.4. Working with multiple symbols in a feature

3.3. Working with the geometry service

3.3.1. Buffer your heart out

3.3.2. Buffer and select

3.3.3. Buffer and intersect

3.4. Summary

Part 2 Sample Use Case

4. Building an application

4.1. What are you going to build?

4.1.1. Using a tablet or phone

4.1.2. Collecting points

4.1.3. Performing disconnected editing

4.2. Working with ArcGIS Online

4.2.1. ArcGIS Online vs. ArcGIS Server

4.2.2. Setting up an ArcGIS Online account

4.2.3. Defining a feature service

4.2.4. Accessing your ArcGIS Online feature service

4.3. Building a real-world application

4.3.1. Setting up Dojo and organizing modules

4.3.2. Tying the application together

4.4. Adding layers and using the renderer

4.4.1. Adding layers with a module

4.4.2. Using the renderer

4.4.3. Applying the renderer

4.4.4. Setting up the editing tools

4.4.5. Assigning an action to a button

4.5. Summary

5. Developing a custom data-collection application

5.1. Performing default web map editing

5.1.1. Finding feature service information

5.1.2. Adding your feature service to the map

5.1.3. Adding the TemplatePicker and default Editor widgets

5.2. Building a custom edit tool

5.2.1. Working with the custom edit functionality

5.2.2. Refining the custom edit tool

5.3. Enabling disconnected editing

5.3.1. Local storage

5.3.2. Caveats

5.3.3. Other storage options

5.4. Summary

6. Building a desktop browser application

6.1. The project ahead

6.1.1. Goals of the RequestViewer

6.1.2. Freedom of the desktop browser

6.2. Setting up and configuring the RequestViewer

6.2.1. Creating index.html

6.2.2. Configuring run.js

6.2.3. Starting the RequestViewer

6.2.4. Defining map services

6.2.5. Setting up the application controller

6.3. Setting up authentication with OAuth 2.0

6.3.1. Using your developer account to create an application

6.3.2. Updating main.js

6.3.3. Saving credentials

6.4. Building the user interface

6.4.1. Working with the Measurement widget

6.4.2. Working with the BasemapToggle widget

6.5. Editing requests

6.5.1. Editing a request’s location

6.5.2. Editing a request’s attributes

6.5.3. Incorporating a nonspatial service

6.6. Summary

7. Advanced techniques

7.1. Using a single configuration file

7.1.1. Defining a map

7.1.2. Loading the Geocoder widget

7.1.3. Looking for the patterns

7.2. Dynamic widget loading

7.2.1. Widget path and options

7.2.2. Building a widget loader

7.2.3. Testing the widget loader

7.2.4. Adding HTML elements

7.3. Adding a web map

7.3.1. Creating the web map

7.3.2. Adding the web map to an application

7.3.3. Using the web map specification

7.4. Advanced techniques for offline mode

7.4.1. Creating an application cache

7.4.2. Storing data locally with the PouchDB library

7.5. Summary

Appendix A: Setting up your environment

A.1. Visual Studio Express for Web


A.3. Python

Appendix B: Dojo basics

B.1. AMD loader

B.2. Dijit lifecycle

B.3. Common Dojo modules

Appendix C: Configuring a proxy

C.1. Setting up the proxy page

C.2. Using the proxy in your application


What's inside

  • Build web-based GIS applications
  • Customize the ArcGIS Javascript API tools
  • Bring ArcGIS data to the web
  • Create secure logins for mobile app users

About the reader

Written for web developers familiar with JavaScript and basic GIS concepts. Experience with ArcGIS is helpful, but not necessary.

About the author

Rene Rubalcava is the cofounder of SmartGeoTech, Inc., a GIS development company specializing in Esri technologies.

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