[Mapbender-dev] Applications in Mapbender 2.7

Christoph Baudson (Wheregroup) christoph.baudson at wheregroup.com
Tue Jan 26 05:40:17 EST 2010

We should think about which applications will be shipped with Mapbender 
2.7. Here are my suggestions, please feel free to comment, I would like 
to know your opinions.

First of all, i would like to deprecate gui2, as it was initially 
intended to be a visually attractive application, but it never lived up 
to that. I see no additional value in gui2.

We should get the applications gui, gui1, gui_digitize Themeroller-ready 
before releasing 2.7.  We should also remove redundant modules from 
these applications to make them stand out a little more (like removing 
all non-WFS stuff from gui_digitize).

Ideally, someone would check the WMS containers and update them.

I would like to have the following new applications

* A very basic application with just a map (when creating your own app, 
you could build on top of this)
* An application containing jQuery UI modules, like the demo at 
telascience (could replace "gui" in the long run)
* An OpenLayers application, like the demo at telascience
* A new admin interface, like the one kmq built in GSoC 09. Should be 
functional, but possibly with few features. Would be perfect if it 
covered the most used dialogs (like load wms, edit gui wms, edit gui 
elements) and you could actually work with it.
* A new interface where you can add yourself to the Mapbender user map 
(The old app at mapbender.org should be replaced by this one).
* An application with an OpenStreetMap-WMS, new print module, and a 
MeetingPoint module that returns a permalink and optionally twitters 
your meeting point text as a geotagged tweet (spsneo and I are working 
on this module).

These new applications should not have a lot of overlapping 
functionality, they should be very tiny. Mapbender is a tool for 
building applications, so we should show that it's easy to create apps 
that have a distinct look, and are not just minor variations of gui.

The new apps could also serve as demos, maybe for mapbender.org. The 
advantage would be that these demos would be maintained if they were 
included in the release. If we no longer wanted a demo, we would just 
remove it in a future release.

Creating these apps could be a goal for the next dev sprint. This 
process could give users and devs an opportunity for dialogue, which 
could improve Mapbender in general.



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