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Hi, my name is Jamie P., and I am an SDK Analyst with ESRI Support Services. Having worked in both Development and Support Services has provided me with in-depth skills in the world of GIS. I hope you enjoy my blog postings and find the information useful.

Aptana Studio is a great IDE for developing ArcGIS Server JavaScript API applications. Aptana Studio is built off of the Eclipse platform. Aptana Studio may be downloaded as a standalone all-in-one IDE installation, or as an Eclipse based plug-in. For current ArcGIS Server Java ADF developers who want to start developing using the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API, the Aptana Studio IDE plug-in is a great option for adding the Aptana JavaScript options to your current Eclipse IDE. For those of you who are not familiar with Eclipse, there is an explanation via this link:

 Downloading the Aptana Studio IDE Plug-in


Browse to the Aptana Studio download site to download the plug-in. Under “Step 1”, choose Eclipse Plugin from the Installation Type drop-down list. Choose the version of your current Eclipse IDE from the Eclipse Version drop-down list. Click the “Download Now” button to begin the download process.

 Installing the Aptana Studio IDE Plug-in


Notice the “Thanks for Downloading Aptana Studio 1.2.7” text area on the download page. Scroll down to the section where it states “Install Aptana Studio as a Plugin”. Notice the plug-in sections for the supported Eclipse versions listed. For Eclipse 3.4, a URL is provided as an update site that can be referenced from your Eclipse “Software Add ons and Updates" dialog box.

 Using the ArcGIS JavaScript API within Aptana


You can now develop ArcGIS Server JavaScript API applications from within your existing Eclipse IDE instance. Reference the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API from within your application page: <script type="text/javascript"> document.write("")</script>.Editing ArcGIS Server JavaScript application in AptanaPreviewing ArcGIS Server JavaScript application in Aptana

-Jamie P., Support Analyst, SDK Group, ESRI Support Services


Here's a brief look into integrating the Adobe Flex Builder Plug-in into an existing Eclipse IDE. This information will be useful for any existing ArcGIS Java ADF developers wanting to work with the ArcGIS Flex API.Downloading the Adobe Flex Builder Plug-in

A 60-day trial of the Adobe Flex Builder Plug-in is downloadable from Adobe's Flex site. There are two options when downloading Flex Builder. You can either choose the full Flex Builder installation or the Flex Builder Plug-in. The Flex Builder Plug-in is downloaded as an executable file that installs the plug-in into an existing Eclipse IDE directory.Installing the Adobe Flex Builder Plug-in

Once the Adobe Flex Builder Plug-in is downloaded successfully, run the executable file to begin the installation of the plug-in. When prompted to provide an existing Eclipse IDE directory, provide the existing Eclipse home folder. The installation will prompt you to install other components, these components are not necessary. After the installation is complete start the Eclipse IDE and choose to create a new project. You will notice a new folder of projects specifically for Flex Builder.Referencing the ArcGIS Flex API

ArcGIS Flex API is downloadable from the ArcGIS Resource Centers. Once the ArcGIS Flex API has downloaded successfully and been extracted, store the libs folder in your current Flex Project or specify the library path in Flex Builder.

To specify the library path follow the following steps:

a. Right-click the Flex Project.
b. Click Properties.
c. Click Flex Build Path.
d. Click the Library Path tab.
e. Add the ArcGIS API for Flex Library using the Add SWC button.

You are now able to use the ArcGIS Flex API in your existing Eclipse IDE.

- Jamie Powell, Support Analyst, SDK Group, ESRI Support Services

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