At ESRI’s Developer Summit, Mansour Raad revealed the new Flex API for ArcGIS server. ESRI had a Flex API for the ArcWeb Service, which is in ActionScript 2 for Flex 2. We posted the mashup series awhile ago, which used that Flex API. Now the new Flex is totally revised in ActionScript 3, which I’m sure many assets developed for ArcWeb Services are reused too. Yesterday Moxie’s post regarding the GeoWeb made a point why these new APIs from ESRI are significant to GeoWeb. Besides GeoWeb, the coming new Flex API will add nice dosage of “Geo” into the RIA space too.
So, what’s the coming ESRI Flex Map API looks like? Here are some highlights:
The demos Mansour showed are very promising and exciting. By the way, according to ESRI, depends on the demands, a Silverlight MAP API might be developed too. That’ll make ESRI a very complete (or not) RIA GeoWeb platform.