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Savvy GIS pros know Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS as that easy online tool for creating web mapping applications without having to write a line of code. Web AppBuilder offers an array of device-responsive layouts, stylish themes (at least we think they're stylish!), and functional widgets... but what if you need to tweak a layout? Or add custom functionality? Or adjust colors and fonts to make a really stylish theme?


The answer is Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Developer Edition. "Sure," you say, "but I'm not a professional developer." Here's a little secret: You don't need to be a professional developer to do a lot of useful things with Developer Edition! Think of things you might do to your car even though you're not a professional mechanic: Replace a dome light bulb, change out the floor mats, install a magnetic phone holder, change a flat tire, mount a cargo carrier or bike rack. And if you're willing to tinker a bit, use a few more tools, and get your hands a little dirty, there's even more you might do: Change the oil, replace the windshield wiper blades, or even install a hitch and relevant electrical wiring for a trailer.


Have you ever watched a short online video to learn how to do something? Well, we're working on a series of short videos showing how to do a variety of useful things with Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Developer Edition. The first in the series is already out; it's a 20-minute Training Seminar titled Introduction to Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Developer Edition. This seminar provides an overview of the things Developer Edition can do and the level of programming skill that might be involved. The seminar includes a walk-through with tips to get Developer Edition up and running on your machine.


We're close to our second release, a seven minute Video showing how to find and use the custom widgets that others in the GIS community are building and sharing. Want to be notified when one of these short Developer Edition videos is being released? Follow me here on GeoNet, or on Twitter @JasonNeilHine, and I'll keep you posted.