It’s 0600, I’m in Germany and I am pondering on what I could possibly write about that fellow GIS comrades would find enlightening. Well, why not start with why I’m in Germany. I am here to deploy a web-based mapping solution built on ESRI’s server technology (version 9.3.1). Specifically, it uses the .NET ADF (I know what you’re thinking, NOT THE ADF), but I have to admit I have been impressed. The biggest ticket item that has caught my attention is the Mach 5 renderer and how it works with the new map service definitions (MSD) map services. While I am still working on quantifying them (see Dan Levine’s recent blog), I have to say that the gains have been noticeable.