Extend with developer edition

Santa Monica Trails explorer app created with ArcGIS Experience Builder.

What is developer edition?

ArcGIS Experience Builder developer edition provides tools and capabilities to create interactive web applications from your data. With its intuitive drag-and-drop interface, you can easily create and configure web apps without requiring extensive coding knowledge.

Why use developer edition?

The developer edition supports extensibility through the creation of custom widgets, themes, and reusable components. You can develop your own widgets using TypeScript and React. You can also take advantage of the expanding library of widgets shared by the ArcGIS developer community. This extensibility allows you to add specialized functionality to your web applications.

Custom widgets

Experience Builder has a collection of predefined widgets you can use to build web applications. However, if you need a specific widget that is not available, you can create a custom widget using the provided widget framework. Custom widgets can be created using HTML, CSS, and TypeScript.

Custom themes

You can create custom themes that define the look and feel of an application. Themes can include custom color palettes, fonts, and styles, and can be shared between different applications.

Custom components

Developer edition contains Jimu library of JavaScript reusable components allowing you to create web applications. The web framework in developer edition also allows you to create custom components that extend the functionality of Experience Builder. These components can be used to provide additional features, such as custom charts or data visualizations.

Test with Storybook

Storybook is a feature that allows developers to create and showcase UI components for custom widgets. With Storybook, you can build, test, and document UI components in isolation, separate from the main application.

Storybook provides a development environment where you can interact with and view the different states and variations of your components. This helps in visualizing and validating the behavior and appearance of the components before integrating them into the larger ArcGIS Experience Builder application.

How to use

The general steps to use developer edition include the following:

  1. Download and install the developer edition of the Experience Builder. Once installed, create an account and log in to the ArcGIS online platform.

    Below is a video detailing the above steps on migrating your WAB app to Experience Builder.

  2. From the main dashboard template, create a new experience from scratch or start from an existing template.

    Select a template
  3. Next, add data and layers to the web app. This could be data from the ArcGIS or data from an external source.

    Add data
  4. Add widgets. Widgets are predefined components that you can add to the web app to provide additional functionality. These widgets include charts, tables, and forms. Configure the widgets to meet your needs and arrange them in a layout that makes sense for your application.

    Add widgets
  5. Configure the app by changing the colors, fonts, and styles. You can use the builder toolbar to preview your web app at various screen resolutions and ensure the design is suitable for small devices. The default templates are designed to display optimally on smaller screens, but you have the option to use Custom layout mode for more precise control on how the web app will be displayed.

    Pending list
  6. Once the app is complete, publish it to the web and share it with others. The app can be shared internally within an organization or publicly on the internet.

  7. Finally, deploy the web app. The web application you created with developer edition can be downloaded and hosted on your own web server.

Below is a video detailing the above steps customizing and extending using Experience Builder developer edition.


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