If you missed out on DevSummit this year, or are just looking to re-live it, the following are the Top 20 technical sessions you may want to check out.
First… what does “Top” mean really?
Well, some we included due to them being some of the most popular sessions of the week, and some we chose because of the session room was really full, or flat out overfull. But then, some of the sessions below introduced some new products and capabilities, and we wanted to take one more shot at ensuring you know about them.
Ok, here we go, in no particular order:
It’s not uncommon for some to assert that software development isn’t, or should not be considered “engineering”.
We were lucky to have as a Keynote Speaker, Glenn Vanderburg, the VP of Engineering at First.io. Glenn gave an interesting talk exploring the concept of “engineering” and how it applies to the pursuit of building powerful software applications.
Glenn does a clever job exploring this idea–showing that, while software engineering has aspects that are fairly unique compared to other engineering fields, there are other aspects that not only show that it can be considered engineering, but that when it comes to designing, testing, scaling, deploying good software, and collectively learning from what we all do, for us to get the most from technology it should be treated as, and practiced as an engineering discipline.
GIS and Game Engines–interesting combination. And the future is here today. Game-like interactive experiences, whether on the screen or in VR/AR, are the next big step in 3D GIS. In this session, you will get an introductory guide to Unity and Unreal, the leading game engines. You will learn to load your map data up into a virtual world, one where you can walk through realistically rendered city models or to explore interactive storytelling of your 3D project.
This was THE most heavily attended session at DevSummit this year (that didn’t have “Road Ahead” in the title). Web developers make up the largest part of the global developer community building with ArcGIS, and the developers and engineers at Esri responsible for growing this API continue adding many new capabilities each release.
For web developers, hitting up the annual What’s New session is near the top of their lists of things to do. And now you can too.
New this year, Insights has been enhanced so that developers and data scientists can now extend the capabilities with both Python and R for analysis and visualization.
Live Q&A session. No slides, no demos, just all of the ArcGIS Runtime SDK developer leads. They all covered topics such as Metal, Vulkan, React Native, editing, snapping, Arcade, samples, styling 2D and 3D, and more. And here is the full list of questions that were answered by the panel of developers and engineers on the ArcGIS Runtime teams.
“This is not a very GIS-y presentation, and I’m not doing any live coding…“, says ArcGIS Enterprise product manager Philip Heede. Despite that caution, this session continues to be very popular in Palm Springs year after year. The title says it all. Optimizing your resources, storage, and performance starts with a solid architecture that fits the needs of your organization, apps, databases, and users.
This. Demo. Theater. Was. OVERFULL. All chairs taken, standing room only, spilling out into the Showcase. Easily the most popular demo theater of the week. If you got there too late, then today you’re in luck. Here’s the 30-min video… enjoy! Webhooks: They’re Better Than Polling!
During the Plenary session, Rohit Singh invited everyone to follow him into “the exciting world of pavement cracks“. 🙂 Well, this session here is a more complete version. This was the 2nd most highly attended demo theater of the week. Also standing room only.
In this session, Rohit demonstrated how organizations can detect deep and complex spatiotemporal patterns in their data, and use that to predict geospatial events of interest – at scale, and in real-time.
And if you like this 30-min session, don’t miss the 4+ hours of machine learning “deep dive” here.
This was a new session this year, but with almost 300 attendees in the room, its popularity is clear. We bet you will find this information useful as well. In this session, after a brief intro about what the Data Store is, how it works, and what it can do for you, the presenters dig into how to install and configure it, followed by techniques for backing up, restoring, moving, and upgrading the Data Store.
We put this session in the wrong room–way too small. If you tried to get in, and couldn’t, then this is what you missed. Next year, the update to this session will be much better placed.
One of the most popular apps over the past several years, the Esri Apps team gave a rundown–to a full house–on all the new capabilities of Collector, and what their plans are for the future, so that you can get the most from your field data collection. As they say “Accurate Data Collection Made Easy!”
Yet another overfull demo theater session. Although ArcGIS Online has a rich user interface for working with Hosted Feature Layers, there are some advanced features that developers can use for interacting with these web services using the ArcGIS REST API.
When pulling together this session, Josh and Gavin from Esri Professional Services ask themselves: “What tools improved our workflows the most over the past year?”. So in 30 minutes, they went and covered helpful techniques for using Postman, Visual Studio Code, and open source tools from Esri for working with Calcite Maps, React, Angular, and Ember.
DevSummit attendees really like sessions with the word “Advanced” in the title. In this talk, we dig into some new capabilities, such as leveraging other geolocation tech with your apps, using Bluetooth, Beacons, and high-accuracy GNSS receivers. Also demonstrated is the new extension for developing AppStudio apps with the Visual Studio Code development environment.
As soon as GIS introduced 3D capability, users started experimenting with putting one of the most widely created 3D data types in GIS context, Building Information Modeling (BIM) data. This session covers best practices and techniques for using BIM data in ArcGIS, along with a road map for where things are going.
Containerization is hot. It’s a sharply growing trend in the IT industry, improving the automation, scalability, and management of apps, services, data, users, and organizational workflows. In this session, developers from Esri’s Washington DC R&D Center cut to the chase on how to use Kubernetes and Jenkins, and their useful abstractions, for automating and managing the creation and use of containers, so that you can continuously deliver scalable web services.
CIM == Cartographic Information Model. While the Pro SDK provides classes and methods for the most commonly used aspects of rendering layers and managing map layouts, the CIM opens that box up all the way. Access to the CIM gives ArcGIS Pro developers access to all of these much more advanced capabilities. This session digs right in, showing you techniques you’ll find useful right away.
With so many great GIS tools around, why isn’t map app design a slam dunk? This session teaches you that great UX is more than the sum of its parts and explains how to design more compelling User Interfaces. We’ll cover fundamental building blocks of successful applications and introduce ways to improve the total experience.
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