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AppStudio for ArcGIS at Developer Summit 2020

UPDATE 3/6: The Developer Summit will be a virtual event and not a live, in-person conference due to the continuously evolving circumstances surrounding the coronavirus. Please see the FAQ.


It is that time of the year again, Esri Developer Summit 2020 is scheduled for March 10 – 13 2020 in Palm Springs, California. As always, we have been working very hard to provide a comprehensive line-up of offerings to help you get up to speed with AppStudio for ArcGIS and catch up with the latest features and patterns.

The AppStudio for ArcGIS team is excited to meet all the app developers and enthusiasts in person either in the workshop, technical sessions, demo theaters or the product showcase area. Stop by to show your amazing apps built with AppStudio for ArcGIS or if you have any questions regarding your next app or you are just curious to see what kind of apps you can build with AppStudio for ArcGIS.

Pre-summit Hands-On Training

The pre-summit hands-on workshop is an excellent opportunity to take a deep-dive to learn everything from A-Z about AppStudio for ArcGIS. Make sure to pre-register to attend.

March 8-9, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Royal III, Riviera Palm Springs

In this two-day hands-on course, attendees will learn how to build multiple native applications containing UI, mapping and GIS capabilities. We will start by using the templates and samples to configure the fully functional apps to meet our needs without any coding. Once you get comfortable with configuration options we will dive deeper to look at the code behind and learn how to customize them further. We will also build new applications from scratch using very friendly QML and JavaScript languages. Since AppStudio is a cross-platform app building solution, the applications you build will be run or deployed on both desktop platforms such as Windows, Linux, and macOS machines, and also on mobile platforms like Android and iOS. If you are a pro looking to learn new tips and tricks or if you are looking into building apps for the first time this workshop will surely help you both understand the concepts and give you lots of hands-on experience.

It is required that you bring your own laptop (Mac or Windows) for development and a smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android) to test the apps. HTML/JavaScript or hybrid app development experience, and light reading on QML is helpful, but not required.

Technical Sessions

Technical sessions are a great way to learn about AppStudio for ArcGIS, where the subject matter expert from the development team will cover from product overviews to a deep-dive on specific workflows.

Thursday, March 12, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Mojave Learning Center

Join this session to learn how to build cross-platform native apps with AppStudio for ArcGIS. You will learn how AppStudio provides a complete suite of productivity tools to build, test, and deploy apps for iOS, Android, Win, Mac, and Linux. This session targets non-developers, scripters ( Javascript, Python) and developers of all levels who want to learn how to build native mapping applications. We will demonstrate how you can create a custom app by configuring a template and introduce you to programming with QML and the Qt Creator IDE.

Offering 1: Thursday, March 12, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Mesquite C

Offering 2: Friday, March 13, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Primrose C-D

In this session, we will discuss advanced developer techniques with AppStudio for ArcGIS. The session will cover some of the latest enhancements to the AppStudio App Framework library and how to take advantage of the ArcGIS Runtime when building native mapping apps.

Demo Theater

Demo Theater sessions are focused on specific workflow or feature and only 30 minutes, so make sure to come on time.

Wednesday, March 11, 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Demo Theater 1: Oasis 1-2

Would you like to create your own mobile mapping app that works both online and while disconnected? In this presentation, you will learn how to configure and extend an AppStudio template for an offline mobile app that can be distributed in your organization or published to an app store.

Wednesday, March 11, 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm, Demo Teather 1: Oasis 1-2

Would you like to distribute custom native apps in your organization that run on smartphones, tablets, or even desktops/laptops; and without going through the process of publishing to a public app store? In this presentation, you will learn how AppStudio for ArcGIS lets you build cross-platform apps (iOS/Android/Win/Mac/Linux) and how to distribute those apps in your organization without the need for publishing to an app store. By utilizing the AppStudio Player you will be in full control of who has access to the apps (both native and web), including the ability to push updates when needed.

Thursday, March 12, 9:30 am – 10:00 am, Support and Services Spotlight Theater Esri Showcase

With the ever-growing popularity of mobile apps, the need for companies to interface with their audiences via handheld devices is greater than ever before. Developing native apps is complicated by the fact that there are two different major app platforms – iOS and Android – each requiring its own codebase in order to run. Developing with a cross-platform programming language can help simplify the development of an app that will run on both major platforms.

This session will demonstrate how AppStudio for ArcGIS can be used to develop geo-enabled cross-platform natives app from a single code base, allowing companies to engage their targeted audiences using less time, resources, and code.

User Presentation

Thursday, March 12, 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Mesquite B

Various operations require immediate attention to trigger the sequential flow of tasks by decision-makers in real-time. Instances such as field operations, distribution management, asset maintenance, task assignments, work order status alert, emergency response and periodic monitoring etc,. With the rapid advancement in mobile technology, GIS applications extensively inclining towards the collection and transmission of untimed high-velocity data flow through mobile devices. ArcGIS suite of mobile applications such as Explorer, Collector, Tracker, WorkForce,etc are the primary choice of GIS architects to facilitate spatial operations to analyze, collect and assign information through GIS System. To create an operation task in the field to the corresponding team of professionals for time-critical next in line response action, we developed a customized discrete GIS integrated Mobile application with ArcGIS Software suite of products. With Esri’s Geospatial Cloud, AppStudio for ArcGIS and developer APIs, SDKs, and development tools, we develop robust location-based geo-enabled cross-platform native applications for any modern platform including web, mobile such as Android, iOS, Windows and desktop running Java, Windows and Linux. This application can be proactively used with industry-specific customization for mobile-based collection and transmission of spatial data in real-time.

An AppStudio for ArcGIS session at Esri User Conference 2019 - look at that crowd!

Esri Showcase

If you are interested in a product demo, need to ask technical questions, show-off your amazing apps built with AppStudio or just want to say hi and meet with the AppStudio for ArcGIS team; then stop by and come see us in the Esri Showcases.

Showcase Hours
Monday, March 9: 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10, 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11, 10:00 a.m – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 12, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

We hope to see all of you in Palm Springs.


AppStudio for ArcGIS Team


We encourage you to send us your feature requests, feedback, and suggestions.

For more information about specific bug fixes and additional details about this release, please see the what’s new in AppStudio online documentation and the AppStudio GeoNet community.

Follow us on Twitter @AppStudioArcGIS to keep up-to-date on the latest information and let us know about your creations built using AppStudio to be featured in the AppStudio Showcase.

The AppStudio team periodically hosts workshops and webinars; please click on this link to leave your email if you are interested in information regarding AppStudio events.

About the author

Erwin is a Product Engineer for AppStudio for ArcGIS in Redlands, California. During working hours, he loves helping people create cross-platform native apps. Outside working hours, he spends a lot of hours running in the mountains of San Gorgonio and Angeles National Forest.

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