ESRI 2008 UC: Start up

Well, I’m here at the ESRI User Conference in San Diego, CA.

I’m the GIS admin at Val Verde USD and this is the 2nd time I’ve been here.  I have to say, that this is one of the best conferences I’ve been to.  Not only in content, but the actual logistics of the entire event.  The San Diego Convention Center is a great place, very easy to get around, clean, with lots of nearby restaurants of any food type.  Just the shear amount of people in attendance is a logistical nightmare, but everything is always very orderly and well handled.  Definitely a pleasure to attend.

Anyway, I’ll be writing a few posts here and there about what I think is noteworthy in the conference.

I’m a developer at heart and GIS is just an incredible extension of visualizing data.  That being said, I’m not really the green bio-loving attendee that GIS usually caters too. 🙂  I love the geeky stuff, so I’ll be mainly focusing on the new 9.3 server, SQL 2008 integration and automated development using .Net.  If you want to find out how to map the migration of the Blue Morpho Butterfly or track the degradation of the rainforests over the past 50 years then this may not be the blog for you. 🙂  however, if you’re interested in .Net and GIS then stop by every so often and see if I have anything new for you.

So far I’m in the Plenary session waiting for the main event to start.  The music started out as a nice techno energetic beat, however, now it’s getting a little aboriginal.  That’s not a bad thing, it’s just a little over played.  OK, now we’re into more Last of Mohican’s style, which is definitely a great sound track if you haven’t heard it.  OK, I guess that’s potentially aboriginal as well, but it’s definitely more grounded then the wooden flute stuff that was going on earlier.

OK, I’ll stop.  🙂  I’ll post again when something of actual content comes up.

Take Care!

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