[OSGeo-Discuss] web mapping package

Pieter De Graef pieter.degraef at geosparc.com
Mon Jan 4 05:14:29 EST 2010

Similarly to the Mapfish framework, there is another alternative, called 
Geomajas. This too is a client-server framework with all the necessary 
building blocks for building full GIS web applications.

All projects have to carry their own history and thus the main 
difference between the projects is the technology choices that were 
made. Geomajas uses a Java back-end based on Geotools and Hibernate 
Spatial (if you need domain logic). The client uses either Javascript 
(Dojo) - stable release - like the other projects or GWT (Java) - 
unstable release.
Although the GWT version is not finished yet, it has the advantage of 
requiring only one language to program everything in.

Eric Lemoine schreef:
> On Tuesday, December 29, 2009, Bob Basques <Bob.Basques at ci.stpaul.mn.us> wrote:
>> John (and others),
>> I keep forgetting to relay this little tidbit.  GeoMoose is built on top of OpenLayers, so all of it's data sources are theoretically, feasible as datsources as well.
>> The Map View is all OpenLayers.
> Hi everyone
> I should first mention that I'm one of the developpers of OpenLayers,
> GeoExt and MapFish.
> I recently took a quick look at GeoMoose (2.0). From my understanding
> GeoMoose provides an OpenLayers-based application that can be
> customized by editing configuration files. It provides an
> out-of-the-box solution that makes it easy for non-developers to
> create web-mapping applications with typical tools (search, measure
> distances/areas, etc.). People from GeoMoose, please correct me if my
> understanding is wrong or inaccurate.
> In contrast, GeoExt doesn't provide an application, it provides a
> JavaScript library, based on which developers can create applications.
> GeoExt is complementary to OpenLayers, it brings RIA (Rich Internet
> Applications) type components, like a layer tree, a legend panel, a
> feature grid, etc. I think the GeoExt examples concretely show what
> GeoExt provides and how to use GeoExt.
> MapFish is a complete framework for creating web-mapping apps. I won't
> describe MapFish in detail here, but I just want to make it clear that
> MapFish does not either provide an application, it is a framework for
> developers to create OpenLayers- and GeoExt-based web-mapping user
> interfaces. Basically MapFish provides tools to create
> "ready-to-extend" web-mapping apps, and to create web services for
> searching and editing geographic objects.
> Thanks, and west wishes to all for 2010,

Pieter De Graef

GeoSparc nv.

Sponsor of: http://www.geomajas.org/

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