Student Comments: Mastering the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API

Posted on September 17, 2009. Filed under: ArcGIS Server, Dojo, ESRI, JavaScript |

The first session of our Mastering the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API Internet based, instructor led course was held August 4th – September 11th.  Our next session scheduled for October 5th – November 13th is approaching fast but you still have time to register.

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Our first session was attended by 22 students from all around the world.  We’d like to share some of the thoughts and comments from students that participated in this course.

I have attended a number of instructor led training courses offered by ESRI, which are great in their own right, but the Mastering the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API course gets much more in-depth than they often do.  I really liked the recommended reading, they helped expand the terms being covered in lecture to concrete examples that could be related back to my work more directly instead of just having the lecture and exercises alone.  I learned a lot and will recommend this and other GeoSpatial Training courses to the GIS’ers I know.  Thanks for putting this course together and offering it at a great
— Jason Warzinik, GISP, GIS Manager, Boone County, MO

I have enjoyed the class.  I like working at my own pace through the materials, between the other things I am working on.  The examples are clear, and I appreciate that I will be able to go back and refer to them during my development efforts.  The advanced dojo section seems like a deep topic, and I see myself referring back to that section and the other dojo resources as I am developing.  Finally, I am glad that I was able to get this training in a cost-effective manner.  It is difficult to get training classes up here in Alaska.  Often we have to get on a plane and leave the state.  As much as I enjoy travelling, it may not be the fiscally responsible thing to do in this era of strained budgets.  This training format seems to work, and I hope to participate in more of these in the future.
— Erick Johnson, GISP, GIS Programming/Analyst – Matanuska – Susitna Borough

The things you have taught me (Mastering the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API) have helped tremendously on my project.
— Jeff Dobb, State of Montana

Capstone Project
One big difference between this course and courses offered by other providers is the inclusion of a capstone project.  Leading up to the capstone project we provide a couple dozen exercises designed to enhance your understanding of the lecture materials.

The capstone project differs significantly from these exercises and those you may have experienced from other training providers.  We provide you with the functional specifications for a challenging project similar to what you might find when working on real-world projects.  However, we don’t hold your hand on this project!  Sure, we step in and lend a hand when you need it, but the point of this exercise is to develop your skills to a point where you can be self sufficient and confident in your ability to develop web mapping applications with ArcGIS Server.  You will use the knowledge gained during this course through lectures and exercises along with the assistance of your session mates to complete this challenging project and deliver a finished product.

I can assure you that this is a great way to develop expertise in developing web mapping applications with ArcGIS Server before you actually do so in a real-world setting.

Our first session built a web mapping application that shows unemployment and demographic information for the county in which they live/work.  The finished application displays maps, tables, and charts.

Here is an example of a capstone project completed by one of our students.

Course Modules
In this course we cover 7 modules including the following:

  • Introduction to JavaScript
  • Introduction to the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API
  • Application Debugging with FireFox and Firebug
  • Dojo + ArcGIS Server = Rapid Application Development
  • Advanced Dojo Concepts
  • Integrating ArcGIS Server with Google Maps
  • Capstone Project

See the full syllabus

For more information on this course please contact eric at



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