Speculations on the File Geodatabase API

March 28, 2010

At the ESRI Developer Summit there was news of the File Geodatabase (FGDB) API. Based on the tweets from the summit it appears:

  • The API will be C++ only

  • API works on Windows and Unix/Linux (specifically RedHat, Solaris, SuSE) operating systems

  • Rudimentary support only—features such as annotation, relationships, topologies, etc. are lacking

Since ESRI is releasing a targeted API and a not a specification, support for Mac OS X is out of the question.

How well open source GIS applications will be able to support the FGDB (if at all) remains to be seen.

The other question is: Will the API be made freely available or will it require an ArcGIS license?

Will the release of the FGDB API be the “Shapefile-killer”? I have my doubts…