I am very fortunate to be attending the Esri User conference in mid-July. At my job I use Esri software in a significant portion of my everyday workflow. At the conference I am looking forward to meeting up with 10,000 other geo-geeks to talk GIScience, spatial database optimization, and the future of the “GIS guy” .
Like every other conference I have ever been to I received a pre-conference survey from Esri, asking a number of standard questions about how I use the software, what I would like to get out of the conference, and a number of other topics. One of my favorite parts of the survey was where they asked for general comments. I commented that ArcGIS (all products) should have been fully 64 bit with v10. If you didn’t know, ArcGIS 10 works on a 64 bit machine but will only use two cores and up to four gigabytes of RAM for certain operations. Now, those specs, are…so 2002.
Due to this amazing limitation I use Spatial SQL in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for a number of large and complex geo-processes. Why so? Well, SQL Server 2008 R2 is fully 64 bit, supports geo-datatypes, has a growing number of spatial applications, and will use all of the processing power of a multi-core, 64 bit machine.
Esri followed-up my pre-conference survey with a nice email to let me know that ArcGIS Server 10.1 will be fully 64 bit, but the email I got was sent to me from no other than “Jack Dangermond“. Check it out:
Now, I totally don’t believe that Jack Dangermond would have the time to email me a response to a pre-conference survey. But it was nice that someone at Esri took the time to read my response to the pre-conference survey and send me a follow-up email. Now, Mr. Dangermond, if you really did email me (and wouldn’t it be a trip if he were reading my blog, too?) email me again and let’s set up a lunch at the user conference. Have your people call my people…