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Esri Software Offers Many Choices

Esri has always given users choices in how they will implement GIS. Now, in addition to choices in operating systems, desktop environments, and relational databases, Esri software can be customized in a variety of developer environments and made available through many types of handheld devices using Web services.

Handheld Devices Esri software can run on a variety of handheld devices because it supports platforms such as Windows CE for the Pocket PC, Palm OS for Palm and Handspring, and Java 2 Platform Micro Edition (J2ME) for consumer and embedded devices as well as the 802.11 standard for wireless networks.
Desktop Computers Esri desktop software runs on Windows, UNIX, and Linux platforms.
Servers Esri provides a range of server software that is supported by UNIX, Linux, Windows, and Java.
DBMS Commercial database management systems supported by Esri software include Oracle, IBM DB2, Informix, and SQL Server (support for all spatial types).
Networks Protocols, such as TCP/IP and HTTP, allow the transfer of data and HTML documents.
Development Environments Developers have a choice of development environment when using Esri software including VB, C++, .NET, and Java (J2ME, J2SE, J2EE, ASP/JSP).
Web Services Esri employs many Web standards such as XML, SOAP, UDDI, and WSDL. Web APIs, such as WFS, WMS, XML, and GML, are also supported.
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