Understanding ArcSDE introduces and illustrates the roles and uses of a shared geographic database in a multi-user geographic information system (GIS). This book explains ArcSDE(TM) software in simple terms, describes many of the new possibilities it offers, and discusses the general choices you have when implementing ArcSDE for multi-user GIS--whether used in a single department, by multiple departments in an enterprise, or beyond your single organization on the Internet.
What ArcSDE is and how it can be used in an organization.
The spatial data model employed by ArcSDE, called the geodatabase.
How geodatabases use physical storage in a relational database management system (RDBMS).
How the ArcSDE application server works.
About building custom client applications that work with ArcSDE.
If you are new to ArcSDE, this book is a great place to start. You can learn about multi-user GIS and how geographic databases can be shared among many users in an organization. If you have used ArcSDE previously, this book will help you understand ArcSDE software's evolving role, not only as an open data server, but also as a fundamental part of a multi-user ArcGIS(TM) system.