March Madness

Back in January, I had every intention of updating this weekly, but once the semester starts, all bets were off.

It’s been a crazy few weeks, juggling several research projects, two classes and compiling everything needed for my recontracting at Rowan. The last two weeks have been especially tasking; even without the occasional curve ball, I still lacked the hours in the day to get everything done. I need a break, but before that can occur, I need all the boxes checked on my to-do list. Tomorrow and Friday are going to be a blur of activity in attempt to get everything wrapped up by the week’s end.

Next week, I’m fortunate to be heading out to Palm Springs for the ESRI DevSummit. I’m really looking forward to learning more about the latest web mapping technologies. When it comes to server-side GIS, the Windows/.Net-based “ESRI Stack” is still a little foreign to me and it’ll be good to see how I could incorporate some ArcGIS-based technologies into my open source-based map services.

I’m also hoping to meet up with a few GIS folks I’ve followed on Twitter. While individuals at ESRI have been incredibly helpful with specific issues, I’ve found their online documentation to be lacking. There are several ESRI staff and third-party developers whose blog posts about an issue or a technology have clarified things for me and I’d like to let them know that in person.

Also, the DevSummit is the week before Spring Break. I’m not one to cancel class, so I’ve put materials online for my students and will likely Skype back in during class time. The question is, do I video call from my hotel room or do I conduct class poolside under a clear blue sky? Decisions, decisions.

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One Response to March Madness

  1. Carlos says:

    Get in touch with Mark Laudon, our in-house programmer superstar, (Twitter.com/MapsRUs). He’ll be at the conference and can give you the lowdown on the ESRI stack. Knows a few things about the Open source stuff too.