Arcgis Engine Developer Kit 101: A Comprehensive Guide for GIS Developers
Arcgis Engine Developer Kit is a collection of embeddable GIS components and developer resources that can be used to extend ArcGIS or build your own applications[^6^]. Developers use ArcGIS Engine to deploy GIS data, maps, and geoprocessing scripts in desktop or mobile applications using application programming interfaces (APIs) for .NET, Java, and C++.
In this article, we will provide an overview of ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit 101, including what's included, how to install and authorize it, and how to get started with developing your own GIS applications. We will also discuss some of the benefits and challenges of using ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit, as well as some of the best practices and resources for learning more.
What's included in ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit 101?
ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit 101 includes the following components[^4^]:
ArcGIS Engine âComponent that supports the creation of GIS and mapping applications.
ArcGIS Engine Background Geoprocessing (64 bit) âInstallation for background geoprocessing in 64 bit.
Database Server (Desktop) â Installation for SQL Server Express instance to store geodatabases.
ArcGIS License Manager 2021.1 (Windows and Linux) âThis version is required to run ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.2 and ArcGIS Engine 10.8.2 with Concurrent Use licensing. It also supports all other ArcGIS 10.x Concurrent Use releases.
ArcGIS Coordinate Systems Data âContains the data files required for the GEOCON transformation method and vertical transformation files for the United States (VERTCON and GEOID12B) and the world (EGM2008).
Additional licensed extensions are available as separate downloads:
ArcGIS Data Interoperability âEnables ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Engine to read, write, and perform complex transformations on hundreds of formats and data sources.
Developer tools are available with ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit:
ArcObjects SDK for Microsoft .NET Framework âDocumentation and sample code for Microsoft .NET Framework developers customizing and extending ArcGIS Engine and ArcGIS Desktop .
ArcObjects SDK for Java âDocumentation, tools, and sample code for Java Platform developers customizing and extending ArcGIS Engine and ArcGIS Desktop.
How to install and authorize ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit 101?
To install and authorize ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit 101, you need to follow these steps[^4^]:
Download and extract the ArcGIS Engine and ArcObjects packages.
Run the Setup.exe file, following the prompts to complete the installation for each product.
Obtain your software authorization numbers from Esri Customer Service or your local distributor.
Authorize ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit and ArcGIS Engine using the Software Authorization Wizard. You can choose either Single Use or Concurrent Use licensing.
How to get started with developing your own GIS applications?
To get started with developing your own GIS applications using ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit 101, you need to choose your preferred programming language (.NET, Java, or C++) and IDE (Visual Studio, Eclipse, or Qt Creator). Then, you can use the documentation, tools, and sample code provided by the ArcObjects SDKs to learn how to use the ArcGIS Engine APIs and components. You can also refer to the online help topics, tutorials, videos, blogs, forums, and other resources available on the Esri website or developer community.
What are some of the benefits and challenges of using ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit 101?
Some of the benefits of using ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit 101 are:
You can create custom GIS applications that leverage the power and functionality of ArcGIS without requiring a full installation of ArcGIS Desktop or Server.
You can embed GIS capabilities into your existing applications or create standalone applications that run on Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X platforms.