[mapserver-dev] GeoServer superseeding MapServer in Europe?

Paul Ramsey pramsey at opengeo.org
Wed Jul 7 15:23:44 EDT 2010

Yes, get out and go for a run, burn off some negative energy! :)

You can also configure GeoServer programmatically via the RestConfig
API, though as a long-time MapServer person I still prefer the
architectural flexibility provided by the consume-map-file-and-render
map file approach.


On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 12:15 PM, Andy Colson <andy at squeakycode.net> wrote:
>> I think you can probably also read some of the reasons of why the Dutch
>> government chose Geoserver, around page 46 in the following document (it
>> also contains a section on Mapserver):
>> http://www.geonovum.nl/sites/default/files/algemeen/MOT20100618TechnicalDesignv1.0.pdf
> from page 46: "A strong feature of GeoServer is its configuration
> management. It’s configurable through a web-interface."
> What?!  That is stupid!  Why in the world would anyone think a web-interface
> is better?  A text file is 1000 times easier to use.  Its searchable!  Its
> find/replace'able, its scriptable!
> The only thing you can do with a web interface is click.  That's it. Click.
>  But find the right place to click, by clicking in all the right magic
> spots.  Wanna change all your red's to blue's?  Start clicking. Click each
> and every spot, because you cant automate it, or script it, or even search.
>  Its stupid.
> The only reason to have a web interface is to make the dumb people feel more
> comfortable.  And do you really want the dumb people f'ing around with your
> map server?  No!  I say no, use a text file that the dumb people are afraid
> to touch.  If they cant pass the test of learning the syntax then they
> should not be allowed to play!  Dont make it easy for them to mess up.
> Whew.. I feel better.  Guess I have some issues I need to work through. :-)
> -Andy
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