Archive for the ‘ArcSDE’ Category

Installing Updated ArcSDE 9.2 License

I used Programs>ArcGIS>Software Authorization DevKit to install a new ecp license from EDN. I then used Programs>ArcGIS>AuthorizationSummary to confirm that the new ArcSDE license had been installed (with a timeout date in the future).

When I tried to start the ArcSDE for SqlServer service I got this in my giomgr_esri_sde.log file:
Error (-327), No ArcSDE server license found.

Solution was to go into Programs>ArcGIS>ArcSDE>Post Installation. In the wizard, choose custom install, then check Authorize (and uncheck all other options). Then browse for the ecp file.

I was then able to start arcsde service.

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Neogeography Use Cases, Pretending to be an Architect

More discussion over at High Earth Orbit on neogeography definition.

While I’m sure many are tired of seeing this dead horse beaten, I do find value in discussing a use case often addressed by neogeography: crowdsourcing. As High Earth points out, the neo and paleo geographers would both be actors.

The problem is some of the tools needed to support crowdsourcing are not getting high enough priority by ESRI.

Case in point: ArcGIS Server’s GraphicsLayer.WriteToXml method would make crowdsourcing a lot easier. A Neogeographer draws graphics on the map, adds some attributes and saves it. Behind the scenes it gets saved to disk (via WriteXml, not arcsde via versioning). A Paleogeographer opens ArcEditor, retrieves graphicslayer to map, converts graphics to features, edits it and commits it to the geodatabase.

The only problem with this is a bug in WriteToXml. It was logged in August (NIM011262), but the SP4 doc doesn’t mention it as being fixed.

The slow resolution of this issue might give neogeographers the impression that ESRI doesn’t place high enough priority on crowdsourcing. The ArcGIS architecture needs to support crowdsourcing.


Pretend to Be An Architect

Speaking of architecture, have you ever noticed how so many architects live long and remain creative in their later years? Take a look at Johnson, Wright, and Venturi.

Contrast this with mathematicians, who seem to die too soon, e.g. Boole, Hamilton and Turing.

I think ageism lurks beneath the surface of the paleo/neo discussion. The GIS community is getting gray. A lot of fresh college grads focus on web design instead of cartography. If we can set an example by aging more gracefully maybe they’d be more interested in trying a few old school concepts. Perhaps the key to aging gracefully is to become more like architects and less like mathematicians.

Please Ship or Get off the Pot

A client has some ArcSDE performance issues that I need to look at.

As I have blogged earlier, the Geodatabase Toolset (gdbt) appears to be what I need. This is a freely downloadable unsupported extension.

There is still no 9.2 version of the gdbt. I don’t understand … why ESRI doesn’t post the source for this tool on arcscripts? I would understand if they were selling the product. But it’s free – what is the business case for not posting the source code?