Time based query

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Query data using a time extent.

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Use case

This workflow can be used to return records that are between a specified start and end date. For example, records of Canada goose sightings over time could be queried to only show sightings during the winter migration time period.

How to use the sample

Run the sample, and a subset of records will be displayed on the map.

How it works

  1. Create an instance of ServiceFeatureTable by passing a URL to the REST endpoint of a time-enabled service. Time-enabled services will have TimeInfo defined in the service description. This information is specified in ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro prior to publishing the service.
  2. Set the feature request mode of the service feature table to manual cache mode, so you can control how and when the feature table is populated with data.
  3. Create a FeatureLayer from the table and add it to the map's operational layers.
  4. Create a TimeExtent object by specifying start and end date/time objects. Then create an instance of QueryParameters and set its time extent with queryParameters.setTimeExtent(timeExtent).
  5. Finally, use populateFromServiceAsync() on the service feature table, passing in the query parameters.
  6. The feature table is populated with data that matches the provided query.

Relevant API

  • QueryParameters
  • ServiceFeatureTable
  • TimeExtent

About the data

This sample uses Atlantic hurricane data from the year 2000. The data is from the National Hurricane Center (NOAA / National Weather Service).


query, time, time extent

Sample Code

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package com.esri.arcgisruntime.sample.timebasedquery;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.GregorianCalendar;
import java.util.List;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.util.Log;
import android.widget.Toast;

import androidx.appcompat.app.AppCompatActivity;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.ArcGISRuntimeEnvironment;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.data.QueryParameters;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.data.ServiceFeatureTable;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.layers.FeatureLayer;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.loadable.LoadStatus;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISMap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.BasemapStyle;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.TimeExtent;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.MapView;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

  private static final String TAG = MainActivity.class.getSimpleName();

  private MapView mMapView;

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    // authentication with an API key or named user is required to access basemaps and other
    // location services

    // inflate MapView from layout
    mMapView = findViewById(R.id.mapView);

    // create a new map with oceans basemap
    ArcGISMap map = new ArcGISMap(BasemapStyle.ARCGIS_OCEANS);

    // create feature table for the hurricane feature service
    ServiceFeatureTable serviceFeatureTable = new ServiceFeatureTable(getString(R.string.hurricanes_service));

    // define the request mode

    // when feature table is loaded, populate data
    serviceFeatureTable.addDoneLoadingListener(() -> {
      if (serviceFeatureTable.getLoadStatus() == LoadStatus.FAILED_TO_LOAD) {
        String error = "Service feature table failed to load: " + serviceFeatureTable.getLoadError().getCause();
        Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, error, Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
        Log.e(TAG, error);

      // create new query object that contains a basic 'include everything' clause
      QueryParameters queryParameters = new QueryParameters();

      // create a new time extent that covers the desired interval (beginning of time to September 16th, 2000)
      TimeExtent timeExtent = new TimeExtent(TimeExtent.MIN_CALENDAR, new GregorianCalendar(2000, 9, 16));

      // apply the time extent to the query parameters

      // create list of the fields that are returned from the service
      List<String> outFields = new ArrayList<>();

      // populate feature table with the data based on query
      serviceFeatureTable.populateFromServiceAsync(queryParameters, true, outFields);

    // create a feature layer from the service feature table
    FeatureLayer featureLayer = new FeatureLayer(serviceFeatureTable);

    // add created layer to the map and add the map to the map view

  protected void onPause() {

  protected void onResume() {

  protected void onDestroy() {