Recap of MAC URISA 2016 Workshop

With 31 in attendance, we had a full room during the pre-conference workshop day at MAC URISA 2016. I received some good feedback from the attendees and asked them to reach out to me if they have any questions about the materials after the session is over.

The materials – presentation, workbook, and workshop data – are all available for download here.

We also touched upon some additional steps one could take working with ArcGIS and PostgreSQL. Seth Docherty was a great help in demonstrating how we could move GIS data, such as shapefiles and geodatabase feature classes, into a PostGIS-enabled database and begin using it with ArcGIS. There are a few caveats, which I will detail in a later post.

Thank you again to all of the MAC URISA 2016 workshop attendees. If you were unable to make it to the workshop, feel free to browse the materials at the link above. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or feedback on the materials.

PostgreSQL 9.6 Released

PostgreSQL 9.6 is now out! Here is the official announcement for this latest version of the PostgreSQL database. I’m very excited for this release now that parallel queries are supported.

For the MAC URISA 2016 workshop (to be held on October 12, 2016) I have stated that the preferred version is (at least) 9.4. ESRI has stated that ArcGIS support is limited to 9.4, which is why I ask attendees to install at least version 9.4.

In my experience using ArcGIS with PostgreSQL, the support has gotten better and considerably more stable over the years. While I haven’t tested every permutation of ArcGIS, PostgreSQL and PostGIS, you should be safe to use the various components together, as long as you are close to the “official” version. Of course, stick to what is recommended if you are using PostgreSQL in production, especially if you may need support from ESRI.

Naturally, if you are not tied to the ESRI stack, you are more free to choose the PostgreSQL version you would like to use. While I’ve not yet upgraded to PostgreSQL 9.6, I am looking to do so by the end of the calendar year.