ArcGIS for AutoCAD at the ESRI 2009 Developer Summit
When I first started working in the realm of GIS and CAD interoperability I was very busy coding in AutoLISP to build sample applications for ArcCAD (ESRI's retired AutoCAD-based mapping software.) I now find myself revisiting some of those familiar experiences with the new API’s for ArcGIS for AutoCAD. Although I can use other development environments inside AutoCAD to manipulate the AutoCAD file according to the Mapping Specification for AutoCAD, the ArcGIS for AutoCAD build 200 application ships with an AutoLISP API to accomplish many of the things I want to automate with both ArcGIS Server map services and feature class information in ArcGIS for AutoCAD, and accomplishes it in the comfortable and non-threatening AutoLISP framework.
There are a couple of sessions at ESRI’s 2009 Developer Summit that will be addressing customizing ArcGIS for AutoCAD and working with ArcGIS desktop and Server applications with a CAD focus March 23-26 in Palm Springs, CA. I hope to see you there.