Ticket #2748 (new feature)
Support ArcGIS Server services through ArcGIS Server REST API
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Users will benefit tremendously if OpenLayers also supports ArcGIS Server services as layers and controls through REST API. Ideally this support should be implemented in OpenLayers as a set of sub classes of OpenLayers.Format which parse and encode objects in ESRI's JSON format from/to OpenLayers's objects plus a few helper controls and layers for users to easily interact with maps and features. It's good see to part of this support has been added (e.g. ArcGISRest93 layer) since OpenLayers 2.8 but all, and the rest of them obviously takes a lot of time and resources.
I attached the patches (a big patch) with this ticket so whoever interested can apply it on current OpenLayers trunk. It has complete tests and a lot of samples (most of samples are working against live ArcGIS Server services from ArcGIS online)
Apply in order: agstiled.patch, agscontrols.patch and agscontrols-examples.patch
Or even better and easier you can check it out from my sandbox at http://svn.openlayers.org/sandbox/august/trunk