Beginning ArcGIS Server Development with the JavaScript v4.0 API


Version 4.0 of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript is a radical new release from Esri that aims to completely replace the existing method of developing ArcGIS Server applications with JavaScript. Its primary aims are to simplify the existing 3.x API and also provide support for both 2D and 3D web mapping applications.

As the web gets ever more efficient at delivering huge amounts of data in a split second, customer expectations of the performance and power of your GIS applications are growing too. And for some visualizations of your data, 2D is not enough. Version 4.0 allows you to build full-featured 3D applications powered by web scenes that can include rich data layers such as terrain, basemaps, imagery, features, and 3D objects. 3D mapping delivered over the web in near real-time.

It is a completely new approach to building web mapping applications. And although promising a new and easier way of development with some incredibly powerful features, it is no doubt going to provoke a fair bit of head-scratching when you first use it. Let us help by taking you through what you need to know to make use of this exciting and innovative new API.

Course Modules

  • Lesson 1 – Creating 2D and 3D maps with map viewsUse the concepts you are already familiar with for creating 2D maps – such as layers, geometry, symbology and renderers – and then learn how to use features like the camera, atmosphere, and lightning to create stunning 3D mapping.
  • Lesson 2 – Integrate with ArcGIS OnlineGet a head start on your development by creating beautiful maps in the familiar and easy-to-use environment of ArcGIS Online. Then learn how to turn it into a 3D web scene and import it into your application.
  • Lesson 3 – Work with Layer ItemsLearn how to define and use Layer Items. Unlike web maps, which consist of multiple layers all with their own styling, symbology and definition expressions, layer items allow you to encapsulate a single layer and share it across many different applications.
  • Lesson 4 – Using and Styling WidgetsWidgets allow you to implement complex GIS capabilities quickly and easily in your applications. They have always been a strong focus of the ArcGIS JavaScript API and it remains such in v 4.0. However, v 4.0 widgets are so much easier to use, with better support for styling than ever before. This lesson teaches you what widgets are available and how to make them look like they are part of your application, rather than bolted on as an afterthought.
  • Lesson 5 – Rendering FeaturesThe rendering capability of v4.0 of the API has been extended dramatically to support both 2D and 3D map views and you can use color, size, and opacity in your rendering tools. Learn how to render features thematically depending on their real-world attributes and see your data take on a whole new lease of life with the addition of the third dimension.
  • Lesson 6 – Using Vector Tile LayersVector tile layers are the operational layer equivalent of image tiles but store a vector representation of the data. Vector Tile Layers remove the need to pre-cache different styled tiles as well as providing access to the underlying data in each tile. You can dynamically customize them for the purpose of the map while gaining many of the performance features of caching. This lesson shows you how.
  • Lesson 7 – Using the Geometry EngineIf you have used version 3.x of the API, then you will know about the Geometry Service which your application can call out to for operations like simplify, buffer, projection, and so on. Version 4.0 brings that capability client-side with the introduction of the Geometry Engine. The speed and simplicity of this approach offers some truly amazing potential and makes it possible to include some really advanced, near real-time operations in otherwise “dumb” clients that can reduce your reliance on expensive Desktop licenses.
  • Lesson 8 – Using the Task Framework for GIS WorkflowsEarlier versions of the API included various tasks that encapsulate GIS workflows such as querying data, solving routes, geoprocessing, and more. This lesson shows which tasks are available in version 4.0 of the API and how to use them.

8 GISP Credit Hours

Course Formats and Pricing

Upcoming Sessions

Our hybrid classes are conducted through our online training platform.  All lectures are pre-recorded so that you can progress through the materials at your own pace.  The same applies to the exercises.  You will have access to the instructor via email, phone, or chat if you have questions or problems.  The instructor will be in weekly contact with the students in each class session.  Our goal is to get everyone through the materials during the session dates. However, access to the course materials never expires so if you don’t finish during the session dates you will still have access to the materials.

Upcoming Sessions

Aril 5th - Seattle, WA

Class will be held each day from 8:30 – 4:00 at the location provided above.

Upcoming Sessions

None scheduled at this time

Our live-online classes are conducted from 9:30 – 5:00 each day.  Classes are delivered via GoToTraining.  You will receive an email containing login instructions for the GoToTraining session on the Wednesday before class begins.

Available Anytime!

Our self-paced classes are delivered through our online training platform.  You will be emailed instructions for creating a login and activating your course.  All lectures are pre-recorded so you can progress through the course at your own pace.  The same applies to the exercise.  The course does not have an expiration date.

You can also register for classes using our registration form.

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