[mapserver-dev] GeoServer superseeding MapServer in Europe?

Jan Hartmann j.l.h.hartmann at uva.nl
Wed Jul 7 15:27:17 EDT 2010

Hi Paul, didn't you do a talk somewhere about this aspect of MapServer 
and PostGIS (written configuration files vs clickable interfaces)? I 
tried to look it up when reading this thread (I'm also a keyboard 
person), but couldn't find it.


On 07/07/10 21:23, Paul Ramsey wrote:
> 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.
> P.
> 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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