Adding thematic information to map layers and adding dynamic map layers

Discussion created by ChrisMugdan on Aug 10, 2010
Latest reply on Aug 23, 2010 by ChrisMugdan
I am new to the ArcGIS Server REST API and I would very much like to know how I should approach the following tasks using it:
1. adding dynamic layers (like ArcIMS acetate layers)
2. adding thematic information to existing map layers (e.g. colour coding/hatching regions in a polygon layer) in a dynamic fashion
3. specifying layer z order

I  see that there are the Server Object Extensions that can be written to perform specific operations and invoked from the REST API - is it possible to use this mechanism? Even if it is possible, we would much rather invoke the ArcGIS Server without having to interfere in its internals.

If it is not possible, is there an API more suited to this than the REST API? We tried invoking ArcObjects directly a couple of years ago and we could not get even a simple layer of points to appear and ESRI technical support could not tell us how to.

Chris Mugdan