2010 ESRI International User Conference

Q & A


Q: What is the future of the Web ADF?

The Web Application Development Frameworks (Web ADFs) provide a developer kit for the JSF and ASP.NET developer.

ArcGIS Server 10 will incorporate an enhanced Java Web ADF (support for JSF 1.2, enhanced JavaScript libraries based on Dojo, performance improvements, etc.). The .NET Web Map Application based on the .NET Web ADF will be enhanced with new out-of-the-box tasks, performance improvements, and enhanced support for 64-bit environments.  Like the Java Web ADF, the .NET Web ADF will also expand the capabilities of the identify tool in order to access relationship classes from the geodatabase.

While ESRI will continue supporting existing JSF and ASP.NET developers with quality improvements and technology updates to the Web ADFs, major emphasis will be put on the ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs. For example, the ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs will incorporate support for all new services and enhanced service capabilities included with ArcGIS Server 10 (e.g., Feature Service, Time support, etc.). The Web ADFs will not incorporate these new features.

Based on customer feedback and technology trends, we see the Web ADFs playing a decreasing role amongst ArcGIS Server developers in favor of alternatives such as the ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs.

The Web ADFs will be deprecated in the next release after ArcGIS Server 10.