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Rich Spatial Flex Viewer for Geoweb 2.0

Posted by Sravan | December 12, 2008 .

We have seen a number of mashups that use Google Maps API or some other maps and almost all of them do just one thing: putting markers (lines or polygons) on the digital maps, regardless of how fancy the user interface (UI) and the data may be. But there is this Rich Spatial Flex Viewer which pushes the boundaries and shows what a truly advanced Geoweb app should be about. Moxie Zhang, our blogger and the Enterprise Solution Architect at ESRI, shares the app with us. It has better visualization and a greater functionality than most Geoweb apps that I have so far come across.

Forget the various kinds of maps and navigation tools. Let us talk about the actual tools which allow us to locate an address, find out news about Earthquakes, check out Police facilities and Traffic cameras, search for Service areas,… I will spare you the long lists of features and superlative adjectives, and leave you with this warning: If you are busy, get back to it later or you are going to miss out on your work. No, it does load quickly, even the tools, but it is amazing how much one can explore the planet using this Flex RIA. Here is a link to the Rich Spatial Flex Viewer just in case the embedding doesn’t work and here is a screenshot of the app at its busiest.

InsideRIA.com features an article by Moxie about this app. He argues that Geoweb is still in the HTML age while the rest of the RIA world is racing towards the Web 2.0, and that there is a need and potential for Geoweb apps to provide greater services to their users. Read the complete article: The Design of a Rich Spatial Flex Viewer for GeoWeb 2.0.

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