Wednesday, 1 July 2009

MapGuide Migration Tool (finally updated)

Those of you who remembered when MapGuide Enterprise 2007 first came out, there was also a migration tool that allowed you to convert an existing MapGuide 6.5 dataset over to an MGE 2007 repository.

However, as new yearly releases of MapGuide Enterprise came out, the migration tool hadn't been updated to match the new releases, until now.

Autodesk have finally updated their data migration tool. Now you can migrate a MapGuide 6.5 dataset to a MapGuide Enterprise 2008, 2009 or 2010 repository.

As for me personally, I don't really have a need to use such a tool. It's great for a quick-and-easy migration job, but over time you (or your colleagues) will have to maintain that spatial data, and you really want to do it without the 6.5 cruft that may still reside in your spatial data. (eg. Breaking away from the restrictive Key/Url/Name trinity)

But if you've been stuck in 6.5 land and have just gotten started with MapGuide Enterprise, it's a nice way to easily migrate data. It is also a nice way to visualise how your 6.5 data looks like in 2008, 2009 or 2010, since MapGuide 6.5 and MapGuide Enterprise are totally different (architecturally and conceptually)

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