[mapserver-users] beginner getting started
ychen at yorktel.com
Mon Nov 11 10:30:28 EST 2002
Although I've read in this list that MapServer runs on Windows, in the long run, I'd have to agree with Tom that you should try a Linux platform ( or UNIX if you have access to one ).
>From your description I take you might not have experienced Linux/UNIX yet. It does cost 'a little' more to set up a UNIX than a Linux system. If you have a spare computer you can either download or buy ( inexpensively ) installation CD for Linux. Red Hat is a popular commercialized brand. I personally run Mandrake 8.0 with MapServer running either using shape files or directly retrieve data from Oracle. It is not 'that' difficult to set it up.
From: Thomas P. Colson [mailto:tpcolson at nexussoft.com]
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2002 9:16 AM
To: Seth Rodriguez; mapserver-users at lists.gis.umn.edu
Subject: RE: [mapserver-users] beginner getting started
What are your Linux Skills? It works much better "out of the box" on Red Hat. I'd stay away from "Winders".
From: Seth Rodriguez [mailto:srodriguez at maguiregroup.com]
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2002 8:40 AM
To: mapserver-users at lists.gis.umn.edu
Subject: [mapserver-users] beginner getting started
I have been asked by the boss to develop some new marketable GIS skills. Our company does a lot of work in the transportation industry. One task in our transportation work is to do public involvement. So I have suggested developing project websites with web-based project mapping using MapServer, which I was introduced to at an ArcView training. To assess the usability of the software, I wanted to implement a test to show the boss. Unfortunately, my programming experience is limited to a bit of avenue, AML, VB, and html, none of which I would say I am fluent in. Fortunately, the description of the software notes that programming is not required for basic use.
I apologize for my novice questions, but I am having some problems off the bat. I have downloaded the newest version (3.6.3) and the demo, but have not found any executables in the zips. I am assuming that this is due to a corrupted download. I also noticed that the software is known to run on 95, 98, and NT. I am running XP on my machine. Will this be a problem? I can move to another machine if needed.
I hope that I am not biting off too much with this task. Luckily for me, I am a quick learner. Would anyone out there please consider taking a young, ambitious consultant under their wing to help him impress his boss? I will be forever grateful.
Thanks for your time.
Maguire Group Inc.
564 Forbes Avenue, Suite 1212
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 281-7908 FAX
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