Start Web Development with GIS Map in JavaScript

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Course Description

(course updated on: 2017-Oct-01: replace lecture03 Test Projects at Google Firebase; 2017-May-03: add 13 new lectures for adding feature layers, legend; 2017-Apr-27: add 7 new lectures for bookmarks, dijit buttons, and openStreet Map; 2017-Apr-23: update code for new API version 3.20 and 4.3, attach code in full for each project; 2016-Aug-31: google host service discontinued, firebase is recommended; 2016-Jul-9: add extra contents; 2016-Jun-23: add extra contents; 2016-Jun-29: add extra contents;)

“The world we live is full of coordinates and I love it!" - Alfred Lam, the course instructor.

“The essence of creating a beautiful map is balance!" - Alfred Lam, the course instructor.

This is an entry-level course teaching how to add GIS map, 3D map to web applications in JavaScript. Code provided in this course are simple and effective. Purpose of this course is to give students an idea of to what extent ArcGIS JavaScript API can do for you.

GIS stands for Geographic Information System. It is composed of hardware, software, people, environment, and data. Therefore, students with different backgrounds can learn and use GIS. The purpose of this course is to convey a concept to students that adding a GIS map to web for your clients is not difficult. You can spend your minimum time to handle it.

If you are new to using GIS maps in web development, this course is the right place for you to start. The ArcGIS API for JavaScript has been developed by ESRI, which is so far the biggest vendor of GIS systems and applications in the world. Some developers may ask why do we bother to use GIS maps as we already have Google map. My answer is that the Google map is great for you to identify your locations. But its data, functionality, and flexibility are far from enough if you want to create a versatile app with various basemaps, to tell a story, to add your own map features, or to perform an analysis to your clients with a map. ArcGIS, on the other hand, is the most comprehensive and advanced GIS in the world and it is capable of performing all these tasks for you. Please be mentioned that the 3D map API is still in beta version.

Time is precious for many web developers and programmers. This course was condensed with all necessary steps for starting a web GIS app development. For those GIS users, students, iOS developers, and anyone who are interested in developing more decent mobile or web GIS apps. Please find at my website or be aware of my other course announcements about Android, JavaScript, and iOS in the future.

After completing this course and the exercises, you will be able to:

  • build a web application with GIS basemap;
  • select and switch basemaps;
  • create webMap at ArcGIS Online;
  • add feature layers to webMap;
  • build a web application with a webMap;
  • test code at Google Firebase static web server
  • find your location;
  • create a 3D map web application;
  • create a functional map with search, homeButton, locateButton, scale bar, and basemap Toggle widget;
  • add a map title;
  • set map layout and background color;
  • select and apply a theme to map;
  • add basemapGallery;
  • add a point on map;
  • tap adding a point on map;
  • display coordinates in an alert view;
  • display WGS84 coordinates in an infoWindow;
  • add bookmarks;
  • add dijit buttons;
  • switch basemap with dijit buttons;
  • add OpenStreet Map Layer;
  • add feature layers for: points, lines, polygons;
  • edit feature symbol styles for: points, lines, polygons;
  • host feature layers on ArcGIS Rest Service server;
  • display layers and legend on map;

Who this course is for:

  • GIS users
  • Students
  • Developers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Anyone who are interested to make GIS maps in web apps

Course content

2 sections • 11 lectures • 52m total length

  • Lecture 1: Course Introduction
  • Lecture 2: Build Your First Map Application
  • Lecture 3: Test Apps in Google Firebase
  • Lecture 4: Switch a Basemap
  • Lecture 5: Signup ArcGIS Developers Account
  • Lecture 6: Create a WebMap with Feature Layer
  • Lecture 7: Build a Web Application from ArcGIS Online WebMap

  • Add a Search Widget
  • Add a HomeButton Widget
  • Add a Find Location Widget
  • Add a Basemap Toggle Widget


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“The world we live is full of coordinates and I love it!" - Alfred Lam

“The essence of creating a beautiful map is balance!" - Alfred Lam

I am an enthusiastic GIS specialist and I have been using GIS for more than ten years. My previous position was a senior officer at a NGO maintaining geodatabase, doing field data collection, and perform GIS analysis with remote sensing, GIS, and GPS data for the whole organization. With the advent of mobile technology, I have been studying and working hard to code for iOS, Android, and JavaScript. I believe this is one of the most useful technologies that can help people in many aspects.

I am going to dedicate some of my time to be a GIS instrcutor here and teaching is fun. It is also great to let many mobile and web developers to know and use ESRI technology which is so far the best and the most comprehensive GIS system. The part I am giving lectures is even only a very small fraction of the whole ArcGIS system.Please find all my courses and special offers at my profile website.

Coding is boundless. Like many other teachers, I’d like to share my knowledge and experiences here. As students are from all levels, I try not to make the code complicated. Maybe sometimes my pace is a bit slower, but I tried to make the code effective in a straightforward and simplest way. So that students can understand the mechanism of the code easily.

Expected Outcomes