Fall 2013

Give It a Try

New flexible developer subscriptions for ArcGIS Online

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Esri invites developers to build, test, and push the boundaries of geo-enabling applications with a new plan that gives them free subscriptions for its web, mobile, and online tools and services. The plan includes access to powerful geoservices as well as the ability to host data in the Esri cloud as RESTful web services that can be consumed by a wide variety of client-side apps and APIs.

Developers can subscribe at the free level or upgrade to one of the paid levels that provide more storage and services and the ability to deploy commercial applications with no extra fees or royalties. This is a flexible and cost-effective way to build apps for both the GIS user community and consumers on a variety of devices.

The new developer subscription to ArcGIS Online includes improved documentation, better samples, and usage monitoring tools that enable apps and services to be quickly and easily deployed and managed. Build apps using popular web and mobile development technologies, such as JavaScript, iOS, Android, Flex, Silverlight, Windows Phone, and Windows Mobile, as well as REST APIs. The APIs and SDKs are well-documented and come with many samples.

Developers can create and edit new feature services through a web interface. Use the geocoding service to convert addresses to and from geographic coordinates. Search for places within a region and get locations that match your search.

Get routes and directions between locations using tools for JavaScript, Android, and iOS. Find the optimal route between multiple locations and simulate traffic conditions. Use the Esri cloud to store and create RESTful web services. Create custom REST endpoints to store and query geographic data such as points, lines, and polygons.

Create maps for any mobile platform and turn spreadsheets and data into map features. Display markers, icons, and pop-ups to customize maps, or choose from special maps styled for different uses.

Developers who are interested in getting started today can subscribe to a developer plan of ArcGIS Online at developers.arcgis.com. Check out Esri on GitHub and contribute to more than 100 repositories of apps, templates, utilities, and developer quick starters.

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