Hello world!

I am Tom Wayson, and I work for Esri developing web mapping applications using web standards and APIs, GIS services, and spatial databases. I currently specialize in front-end development with JavaScript.

My Work as a Web GIS Developer

The best way to find out what technologies I’m getting into these days is to look me up on Twitter.

Source Code

The best place to see current examples of the kind of projects that I am working on is my GitHub profile, https://github.com/tomwayson.

Live Applications

Links to applications that I’ve developed can be found at my portfolio site, TomWayson.net. The portfolio site itself is actually one of my projects as it is where I test emerging ASP.Net and SQL server related technologies before I use them in client projects.


I no longer maintain a resume, and I’m not currently in the market for a job.

However, a detailed and (reasonably) up to date work history as well as recommendations from colleagues and clients can be found at my LinkedIn profile. A more developer centric version can be found at my Careers 2.0 profile.

My Education and Background in GIS, and Remote Sensing and Computer Science

In 1998 I graduated from UCLA with a bachelors degree in Geography. My course work was focused on geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and geology. At the time, UCLA did not offer a GIST minor, but I’m sure the courses that I took would add up to one.  After exhausting every undergraduate GIS and remote sensing course offered by the university, I asked Professor Larry Smith if I could join his graduate level seminars in remote sensing. Prof Smith also oversaw my undergraduate research project (like a mini-thesis) where I used satellite radar data to detect changes in glacial boundaries.

Prof Smith asked me to return to UCLA and to do graduate research work for him on a project to use LIDAR data to study changes in river flood plains. While there I taught undergraduate GIS courses in ArcView and ArcINFO.

Since even my first GIS job at GreenInfo Network my focus has been primarily on programming, specifically web programming, rather than GIS analysis and mapping. That is why in 2003 I decided to enroll in night school to get a Career Certificate in Computer Programming from Santa Monica College. The courses in C, Java, and .Net built upon the fundamental understanding of programming that I had gotten from the C++ courses I had taken at UCLA, and helped me build better web GIS applications at my work.

About Me

I am also a family man with interests in a few things beyond the realm of GIS and web technologies, including hiking, running, and biking. You can find out more about Tom Wayson the human being on my Google+ profile page.

About This Site

In case you hadn’t noticed, this site is home to my blog on web and GIS application development. Since this site is implemented using the WordPress blogging engine, this is also where I get to test new WordPress themes, plug-ins, and widgets before implementing them(or not) in my projects.

Thank you for dropping by. If you’ve gotten this far down the page and you still have questions, feel free to contact me here.  I look forward to hearing from you!