As I am flying back to Charlotte from another ESRI DevSummit, my head is awash in a storm of possibility, hope, and worry. This conference is head-and-shoulders above any other conference on my radar in relevance and utility to my career. Every year I leave amazed at how far ESRI has come with it’s product suite, particularly on the server-side, and every year I feel overwhelmed at what I don’t know and what I am not doing. The ESRI developer community has exploded from a collection of people that couldn’t install Tomcat to a sophisticated, intelligent set of technical ninjas. Watching this change from my perspective has been interesting and extremely humbling, as sometimes I feel like I am a part of something great, and sometimes I feel like I am falling behind. All things considered, though, it is a great time to be a GIS and ESRI developer.
There, enough with the gloom-and-doom. The mood around the conference was overwhelmingly positive, if not sycophantic. Coming back, my fellow devs and I are discussing how we are going to get more mobile, more cloudy, and more better. Despite my aforementioned worries, I am recharged as in previous years. If you didn’t attend the conference, you should watch some of the sessions. Almost all the ones I attended were excellent. This includes the user presentations, which I’ll review now.
Well, the plane has started the initial descent into Charlotte. I am ready to be home and thankful for another wonderful DevSummit. If you have any questions about sessions or the like, feel free to hit me on Twitter or comment on this post. Go forth and spread the Word of the GeoNerd.