Building Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript and jQuery Mobile

by | Mar 23, 2012

Today we’re releasing a lecture and exercise from our upcoming (begins April 16th) web based course Building Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications.  This course will teach you how to build high performance, attractive mobile applications for the iOS, Android, and Blackberry platforms using the lightweight, browser based ArcGIS Server JavaScript API using JavaScript, jQuery Mobile,  HTML5, CSS3, and PhoneGap.

The lecture, Introduction to  jQuery Mobile for User Interface Development,covers a number of topics including an introduction to jQuery Mobile, the use of data roles in HTML5 and jQuery Mobile, creating pages and dialogs, adding headers, content, and footers, creating toolbars and navigation bars, mobile form controls, and the use of Codiqa for WYSIWYG user interface development.  This is just one of a series of lectures covering many topics related to developing mobile GIS applications.

The exercise walks you through the creation of a simple mobile demographic viewing application through the use of the ArcGIS Server API for JavaScript, the HTML5 Geolocation API, and jQuery Mobile.  To complete the exercise you will need a web server (we use Apache for the instructions), the files, and a mobile simulatorYou can also view an example of the completed application on your mobile device.



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Eric Pimpler
Eric is the founder and owner of GeoSpatial Training Services ( and has over 25 years of experience implementing and teaching GIS solutions using ESRI, Google Earth/Maps, Open Source technology. Currently Eric focuses on ArcGIS scripting with Python, and the development of custom ArcGIS Server web and mobile applications using JavaScript. Eric is the author of Programming ArcGIS with Python Cookbook - 1st and 2nd Edition, Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript, Spatial Analytics with ArcGIS, and ArcGIS Blueprints. Eric has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Texas A&M University and a Master's of Applied Geography degree with a concentration in GIS from Texas State University.

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