Nonetheless, I attended the "What's New in ArcGIS Server 9.3" session this morning, hosted by Dave Wrazien.
Dave touched on a number of things slated for release, and which gave me some cause for interest, most notably the new APIsSome bullet points and excerpts from my notes:Effort is being made by the Server development team to reduce server roundtrips and traffic, via AJAX requests and the ASP.NET approach
In terms of OGC interop, AGS 9.3 features support for:
WMS and SLD: 1.0, 1.1, 1.1.1, 1.3 / ISO19128WFS 1.1, GML 3.0, WFS-T 1.1WCS 1.0, 1.1, 1.1.1
With respect to platform support, some of the highlights mentioned were
JDK 5.0PostgreSQL/PostGISDB2 and Z/OSSQL Server 2008 (to come in a service pack release)
In terms of usability, the aim in 9.3 is for fewer button clicks, enhancements to the web map viewer, streamlined processes and a simplified UI.Improvements to Server Manager are likewise on the horizon for 9.3, with wizards to simplify:Access ControlCache ManagementAlong with a Mobile Management Console and a Web Map Migration Utility.
Cache Management makes some significant strides, allowing static datasets to be prerendered- and in the Mobile Management Console, improvements driven by user use cases allows opportunity for populating mobile devices with lower server and communications overhead. Additionally, while 9.2 only provided mobile developers with an SDK, 9.3 provides templates and other resources toward jumpstart.