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Mastering ArcGIS Server Development with JavaScript by Ken Doman

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Map services

A map service gives applications access to map data published with ArcGIS Server. It contains information about the map layout, format, contents, and other items necessary to properly render the map with the various ArcGIS API's. The map service URL is formatted as follows:

http://<ArcGIS Server REST Services>/<mapName>/MapServer
or
http://<ArcGIS Server REST Services>/<folder>/<mapName>/MapServer

When you navigate to a map service using your browser, you're presented with a lot of information about the map service. The HTML provides links to view the data in different applications, including the ArcGIS JavaScript API and ArcMap. Google Earth is also available if the map service is published to serve data in that format. The HTML for ...

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