[OpenLayers-Dev] ESRI and OpenLayers
mpriour at kestrelcomputer.com
Tue Mar 3 00:12:51 EST 2009
Christopher & the Dev List,
I would like to volunteer to be that champion that AGS Mapcache needs.
I am intimately familiar with OL and using it with AGS mapcaches as well as
other more standard layer sources. I have made some required modifiactions
to that layer class already.
I apologize for not following through previously with the needful things to
get that code into the trunk.
I quitely posted it to my snadbox and commented about it in a ticket or this
list a while back. So I will take the rest of the steps to getting something
in the trunk by:
1. submitting a useable patch to the appropiate existing or new ticket
2. writing the unit tests for that patch
3. creating at least one example documenting the use of an AGS mapcache
4. writing some wiki documentation about the practical use of such a layer
and the information you need to know before you can reasonably use it.
I currently make half or more of my income developing OpenLayers based
mapping applications. Many of those applications make use of some ESRI
server technoligies. I have made half-hearted attempts to give back to the
community in the past. Always figuring either my contribution wouldn't
really matter or that someone with better qualifactions would do it for me.
Christopher has inspired me to see that if I am truly benifiting to the
degree that I am from the work others have doen with this library, that it
is only fair for me to honestly give back to the community in any area where
I have some level of expertise or understanding that is possibly useful. It
seems that it is not enough to merely make a small mention of some obsource
piece of personal code in my sandbox, but should take all the steps required
to make it into something worthy of honest review.
Thanks for your honesty, opinions, and tremendous amounts of hard work
Christopher. And thank you to all the core contributors to this marvelous
Kestrel Computer Consulting
Christopher Schmidt-2 wrote:
> Using ESRI services in OpenLayers needs champions -- people who are
> willing to truly support the cause. ArcXML has a champion in the form of
> dzwarg, who has been working with me on an ArcXML ticket. ArcGIS rest
> layer had a champion in the form of Jeff Adams. AGS cache needs the
> same. The community could probably rally up and make this support
> happen: lots of people have expressed interest. Open Source isnt all
> about things being done for you, and I'd love to see some of the users
> of the software really invest in OpenLayers more than they have up to
> this point. ESRI-specific services are a great example of this, where
> there's a lot of code floating about, but relatively limited support of
> it outside of the companies using it or specific use cases, and that's
> a great example of what I'd love to see change.
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