ArcGIS Runtime SDKs

What's new in ArcGIS Runtime 100.15

The Runtime team is pleased to announce version 100.15 of the ArcGIS Runtime SDKs. 100.15 is a long-term support release that focuses on stability and bug fixes. It is also the last release to support a number of developer technologies before version 200.0 introduces support for updated developer tools.

Bug fixes and stability

As a long-term support release, version 100.15 delivers two years of General Availability instead of one, before the usual year of Extended Support and two years of Mature Support. That means a total of 5 years of support before 100.15 is retired.

To that end, development for 100.15 has focused on bug fixes and stability. Our goal is to deliver a release that you can rely on for years to come should you need to. We’ve worked on reliability, on improving performance and reducing resource usage, and on updating the 3rd party libraries we use within ArcGIS Runtime.

Improved functionality

Although 100.15 doesn’t introduce any new APIs, we have been able to quietly update some capabilities behind the scenes. We’ve improved consistency with other parts of the ArcGIS system, as well as cleaning up some behavior.

Highlights include:

To learn more about each of these, see the release notes for .NET, iOS, Android, Java, and Qt.

Why long-term support?

As discussed in ArcGIS Runtime in 2022 and beyond, the 200 series of ArcGIS Runtime SDKs introduces support for updated development tooling and developer environments. In meeting with attendees at both the Developer Summit and the Users Conference, we’ve seen an enthusiastic response to these plans. However, we recognize that many teams will need time to re-tool to make use of the new language-level patterns that are introduced, and so by designating 100.15 as a long-term support release developers will have time to update their applications.

It’s important to note that as far as ArcGIS patterns and capabilities go, the 200.0 release of the ArcGIS Runtime SDKs is a continuation from the 100.x releases; there is no great change in the underlying Runtime core between 100.15 and 200.0. The changes target specific development environments to support modern developer technologies like Qt 6, .NET MAUI, .NET 6 for Android and iOS, as well as introducing native Swift and Kotlin integration.

Deprecations

We’ve focused so far on the new developer tooling that we’ll support in 200.0. But as a result, 100.15 will be the last version of ArcGIS Runtime SDKs to support certain developer technologies:

Again, specific details on deprecations can be found in the release notes for .NET, iOS, Android, Java, and Qt.

100.15 plans

A long-term support release comes with a commitment to maintain that release’s viability. Although we’ve put a good deal of work into shoring up 100.15 with updates to 3rd party libraries and bug fixes, we recognize that security vulnerabilities may be discovered. While we don’t have any planned updates to 100.15, we do anticipate that we may need to respond with patch updates should vulnerabilities be identified.

Beyond 100.15

As described in ArcGIS Runtime in 2022 and beyond, you should continue to stay up-to-date with Runtime SDK releases to make use of the latest Runtime capabilities. While 100.15 didn’t add new capabilities, the 200.x releases will return to the pattern of introducing great new functionality.

Watch this blog for an upcoming announcement of a beta program for the 200.0 SDKs. You’ll be able to get your hands on the new SDKs to assess the level of effort it will take to update, and be able to provide feedback.

About the authors

Nick Furness

Nick Furness is a Technical Product Manager for the ArcGIS Runtime SDKs, specializing in the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS. He's spent over 20 years working in the GIS space building projects ranging from small mom-and-pop solutions all the way up to enterprise utility and national government deployments. Nick presents at various Esri Developer Summits, the User Conference, and many other events, almost always talking about something to do with the Runtime SDKs although you might find the odd bit of JavaScript thrown in there.

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Rex Hansen

Rex Hansen is a Product Manager for the ArcGIS Runtime SDKs and ArcGIS Maps SDKs. He has over 25 years of experience in GIS, spatial analytics, and computer mapping. Currently, he guides the development of native technologies in the GIS industry to use authoritative geospatial content and analysis in offline workflows, photorealistic experiences, and immersive, extended reality solutions.

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Mike Branscomb

Mike Branscomb is a Product Manager for ArcGIS Runtime SDKs and ArcGIS Maps SDKs. Specializing in ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET, ArcGIS Runtime Local Server, and 3D Scene Layers, Mike is a also Scrum Product Owner with 10+ years' experience guiding teams through the product development lifecycle.

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