tim.bowden at WESTNET.COM.AU
Mon Feb 12 19:50:46 EST 2007
On Mon, 2007-02-12 at 15:17 -0600, Matt Pettis wrote:
> I bought Beginning MapServer - Open Source GIS Development (Bill
> Kropla, ISBN 1-59059-490-8). I liked its strucutre and examples. It
> starts with a chapter on how to build it (on Linux systems), gives a
> very simple mapfile example, and then does a very complex mapping
> example, which it redoes it in the different mapscript languages (php,
> python, and perl... includes the mapscript and web code it uses) --
> the redundancy of which is pretty helpful. It also addresses how to
> do map queries, which looks good, but i haven't used yet, so I'm not
> so familiar, and different utility programs for map data. It includes
> a mapfile reference in the appendix.
> In short, I like it, and refer to it when working on my web mapping
> Web Mapping Illustrated (OReilly, I forget the author) is a great book
> on maptools, and has a good deal on mapserver, but also covers other
> open source mapping tools. If you are looking for something focused
> on mapserver itself, however, I recommend the Kropla book.
> hope this helps,
Web Mapping Illustrated- Author is Tyler Mitchel, who is now the
Executive Director of OSGeo. I've got it and I've found it very useful.
I haven't see Bill Kropla's book so I can't make a comparison, but I'm
happy with Tylers book.
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