[mapserver-users] Technology to combine with MapServer?

Lime, Steve D (DNR) Steve.Lime at state.mn.us
Fri Jun 18 09:36:02 EDT 2010

I'd start with OpenLayers and some of it's demos. That way you can get a feeling for
what's necessary to do any implementation. They cover a huge number of use cases.
If what you're doing is relatively straight forward then OL may be all you need. If things 
look more complex and you feel the need for more sophisticated UI widgets then one of 
the geo-centric frameworks will be worth a look. GeoExt and MapFish are probably the 
most polished at this point.

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I run a MapServer application that reads data from a PostgreSQL database
(with PostGIS) and plots them on a map. Now I want to make objects
clickable, so I can for example click on a flag to get a popup with short
info, together with a link. (Or the same popup by hovering over a flag with
the cursor, either works.)

What technology should I use? I have started using OpenLayers and I've
managed to put up a WFS service through MapServer, but I don't know how to
connect the two. Or should I even use some other, better technology? I've
heard people talking about GeoExt, ExtJs, Mapfish, Geoserver and more, but
I'm a a novice here and don't know what to choose. Programming PHP
workarounds is also an option. But I need some guidance in this, I have no
idea which solution is best (fast to accomplish/robust for large
databases/performance wise etc)to choose an object from a map and present
more information about it.

Best regards,
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