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This article is based on a presentation that I made at the Adobe Flex seminar in August 2006 (, after which the master of ceremonies Jeremy Geelan asked me to explain how to make great mapping mashups using Adobe Flex. My name is Mansour Raad. I'm the senior software architect of ESRI's ArcWeb Services. ESRI ( is a provider of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). On any given day, more than one million people around the world use ESRI's GIS to improve the way their organizations conduct business. A geographic information system is a system for management, analysis, and display of geographic knowledge, which is represented using a series of information sets such as maps and globes, geographic data sets, processing and work flow models, data models, and metadata. A GIS can produce information that answers specific questions and allow... (more)

Beyond 'Request-Response' Modes of Web Services

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services today are going mainstream. Corporate executives and individuals at home are demanding access to many of the same GIS capabilities previously used only by engineers, geologists, and government officials. ESRI's ArcWeb Services are at the forefront of expanding demand for interactive GIS applications. Using subscription-based Web mapping APIs, developers can integrate mapping, GIS functionality, and content into applications delivered online or on desktops, handheld computers, and other devices. Every day, ArcWeb Services serves more ... (more)