What's the difference between a feature service and a feature layer?
As a reference
Esri Support GIS Dictionary
feature service| Definition - Esri Support GIS Dictionary
feature layer| Definition - Esri Support GIS Dictionary
Is that true? The definition for feature service you are pointing to (feature service| Definition - Esri Support GIS Dictionary) states:
A service that uses the ArcIMS spatial server feature streaming capabilities.
I don't think this Arc Internet Map Server (ArcIMS) is still supported by Esri?
I have been warned before in this forum not to use the definitions from this Esri Support GIS Dictionary any longer.
Apparently, Technical Support is no longer maintaining this resource.
I will get them to update it
What is the point if they have resources on tech support that are wrong or outdates
It was Joshua Bixby who did put it very mildly:
Esri Support's GIS Dictionary is helpful, but it isn't authoritative, not even with Esri because it is a product of Esri Support and not Esri Development that actually designs and builds the products.
(responding to me in the thread mentioned above).
Helpful, but not authoritative?!
That's why I decided not to use this dictionary anymore.
reported.... we will have to await their response
Thanks for pointing this out.
Jack Buckley, given that layers and services are very different object types, I have a feeling there is a question behind your question. What has you asking for the difference between the two, what is confusing you?
My understanding is that a Feature Layer would be the actual "information" such as a road network, parcels etc. while a Feature Service would be considered the technology behind providing that information to the user such as a an ArcGIS Online WFS or JSON link.
I hope that helps.
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