Problem creating Web Mercator Auxilary feature class

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06-07-2010 08:10 AM
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We are building a Web application in Javascript that lets a user digitize a polygon that we use to clip data.  The application uses WGS_1984_Web_Mercator_Auxiliary_Sphere.  Using Python I take the Fetaure Set passed by the application and turn it into a permanent feature class and assign the projection to WGS_1984_Web_Mercator_Auxiliary_Sphere.  When I try to look at the feature class I get the following error message:

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The selected object failed to draw:
GeoScratch.DBO.PHSClipArea_WMA:  The coordinate system description is invalid

I'm able to reproject the feature class which works without any problems. 

Any ideas?
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I'm getting this too.  Did you ever solve it?

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     - Leo
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Same thing here. Does anyone have a solution to this?

MC
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I got the same error in Arc10 when trying to view the data stored with WM in SQL2008. However, when I added data of non-WM in my mxd file and set the data frame coordinate system to WM, there was no error in viewing the data in ArcMap. Does that suggest we shouldn't store data with WM? But the on-the-fly projection will slow down the AGS performance.

In the ESRI WM brochure (http://www.esri.com/events/seminars/bettermaps/materials/pdfs/webmercator-smnr-brochure.pdf), this is the first question in FAQ.


1. Do I always need to reproject my data?
No. ArcGIS Desktop can project all data on the fly; therefore, it is not necessary to change the projection of your data if you are sharing it with other ArcGIS Desktop users. However, if you are not sharing your data with ArcGIS Desktop users, using the Web Mercator projection is recommended.


I am wondering why using the Web Mercator projection is not recommended for ArcGIS Desktop users. Does this have anything to do with the error of the invalid coordinate system description?

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