Beginning student developer: Please help with basic questions

Discussion created by spg770 on Apr 7, 2010
Latest reply on Apr 15, 2010 by MicahW
I am new to developing for GIS (only have taken one ArcObjects class). I have an ArcGIS Desktop (Editor + extensions) student edition. My goal is to create a simple web map (with JavaScript) for a very small non-profit organization I volunteer for and attach it to their website. This project will span 2 semsters at school, so I have time to learn.

Can I develop a web map and deploy it without ArcGIS Server? That does not seem possible (or really make sense). I don't know anything about ArcGIS Server in any case.

Basically, all I have to do is create one shapefile and display it with various types of public data (e.g. streets, population, schools). I would like users to be able to click layers on/off, pan around, zoom in, etc. It seems like simple stuff, I just don't know how to get my shapefile out into the world. Is there any way a student can do this?

Thank you