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What is ArcGIS 9.3

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Last modified May 27, 2009
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ArcGIS provides a scalable framework for implementing GIS for a single user or many users on desktops, in servers, over the Web, and in the field. ArcGIS is an integrated family of GIS software products for building a complete GIS. It consists of several primary frameworks for deploying GIS:

All four ArcGIS frameworks are based on ArcObjects, a common, modular library of reusable GIS software components.

ArcObjects includes a wide variety of programmable components, ranging from fine-grained objects—for example, individual geometry objects—to coarse-grained controls and tools, for example, a map control that allows you to quickly embed a map interface into your custom application for working with GIS map documents created in ArcGIS. These developer tools aggregate comprehensive GIS functionality for .NET, Java, C++, and Web developers.

To learn more about ESRI's ArcGIS product line, you should refer to the book What is ArcGIS 9.3? [PDF]. If this link doesn't work, you can open the document (What_Is_ArcGIS.pdf) from the \arcgis\Documentation folder in your ArcGIS Desktop installation location.

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