Adept Enterprise and Custom GIS Maintenance for the Enduser

Adept Enterprise and Custom GIS Maintenance for the Enduser

Adept Enterprise Advanced Land Management system is being used in production by Governments and Utility Corporations all over the United States of America, for many years. One of the unique features is the ability to leverage the agencies GIS systems. However the GIS departments of these agencies need help from the other departments leveraging their GIS data, making sure that certain GIS Layer data is correct. The Adept Enterprise System Administration has many user defined GIS Layer maintenance tools provided to the NON-GIS Tech users to keep this data correct, which saves time and money for the agency and for the GIS Technology professionals. Instead of asking the GIS Department to correct the incorrect Layer information, users have the ability granted to them based upon their user rights, can correct this data. This keeps the important Land Information correct, and creates a checks and balances between departments like Engineering, Building, Planning, Code Enforcement, Fire and Life Safety, Natural Resources, Shoreline Management, Utilities, Public Works, and Environmental Health with the GIS Department.

 

Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2010, with the .NET framework Version 4 today

Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2010, with the .NET framework Version 4 today

Today is a very exciting day for .NET developers. Visual Studio 2010 is finally released today, along with the .NET framework version 4! The new Silverlight 4 will be released later this week. As with all new versions of software it is good practice to understand there will be mistakes and service packs to fix these mistakes. However Visual Studio 2010 being released is very exciting! I personally have been testing the Beta for the last few months. I look forward over the next few months to upgrade our client base to the new .NET framework 4 after production testing.

Web Graphics Bar Charts and Pie Charts in ASP

Web Graphics Bar Charts and Pie Charts in ASP

This year we have been adding web graphics to our web-based application Adept Enterprise 2010. At client requests we added them, at first I thought it was a waste of space, however as we have been writing the code and testing and implementing our clients really like them, and we are designing more. We have had graphics in our report system for years, now it is becoming the norm throughout every search feature.

One major development model we use here at Adept Technologies is we design and write all our code ourselves. We do not purchase widgets or other class objects from vendors. We write them ourselves. This saves us having to deal with outside vendors, or limitations of the widgets. We do not outsource at all, and everyday there is some company wanting us to outsource to them…yea steal our code.  Since our clients are Governments and Utilities and the information we handle when implementing these systems is confidential, outsourcing to countries outside the United States is not a good idea for security reasons.

As we continue designing our graphics, coding them are very exciting and challenging, especially the pie charts. Each piece of the pie must be drawn; we start at 0 degrees and continue to 360 degrees. You have a start angle and an ending angle for each slice. To determine the size of each piece you take the count of all the items, and then you take one of the items count divide it by the total count and multiply it by 360. This will get you the degrees needed for that one piece. You do the rest of the pieces. This makes the pie. Then you can do a whole bunch of fun stuff, colors, depth, 3d, and make it fun shapes.

We now allow our clients the capability of designing their own graphic shapes. Over the next few months we will have a lot more throughout our web-based and windows systems.

Apple’s IPad Needs some enhancements!

Apple's IPad Needs some enhancements! 

Over the last few days I have been testing the new Apple IPad. Great device, however it’s not that rugged. If I dropped it on the floor it would break in a million pieces. It feels like I am caring around a small lcd monitor. Over the next few months I see a lot of customers destroying these devices. If this device is going to make it, apple needs to make a rugged version. I will not use these in the field for mission critical systems. The Adept web-based cloud system runs very good on the safari browser, with the existing web access systems built into the device. The home button on the device will need to be ruggedized as well. I have already broken it….With the hardware being unsafe for in the field operations, the ipad is a wonderful step in the right direction, but enhancements to this product will be needed for us to use this device…..