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Your Enhancements in Action: Create Mobile Web Apps Using JavaScript API

Blog Post created by geonetadmin on Nov 27, 2012

ArcGIS Idea: Using the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API, I want to be able to create mobile web apps that work on mobile browsers (Android, iPhone)



One of the great benefits of the ArcGIS Ideas site is that everyone in the community can promote an idea they find interesting.  Another useful feature, one which we review just as seriously, is the comments section for each idea.  So when user ccabanero submitted an idea in March 2010 requesting that, using the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API, I want to be able to create mobile web apps that work on mobile browsers (Android, iPhone), many users agreed.  In addition, maxwellr added the comment that Esri needs a universal API that works on a variety of devices and platforms.  This made a lot of sense to us, too, especially our JavaScript team.

Esri’s JavaScript team has worked aggressively to add new samples and features to the JavaScript API to support application development on mobile devices.  They have designed a compact version of the API specifically focused on mobile development.createmobilewebapps.png


It’s now possible to add features like two finger pinch zooming, gesture recognition and GPS sensor data to applications. The JavaScript team has also created a mobile gallery to browse samples and has put together an interesting sample showing how to leverage CSS3 to add a compass feature to the map that honors device orientation.Additional Information and Samples:
Doug C. - User Advocacy Group

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