[mapserver-dev] Expanding the MapServer Project

Stephen Woodbridge woodbri at swoodbridge.com
Fri Mar 25 11:18:34 EDT 2011

Hi Jeff,

Thanks that makes it a little clearer. Some of us have multiple hats we 
where and I was not aware that you also had a TinyOWS hat.

In my view of things (which might be off-base), the projects would merge 
"as is" without pre-conceived changes in direction initially, but over 
time (which may/may not be short) we would plan future directions based 
on users requirements, funding, our desire to get some economies of 
scale and to avoid redundancies, like we currently do and move forward 
along those lines.

I am aware that TinyOWS only uses postgresql and I'm fine with that. 
Adding additional support has to make sense for a technical point of 
view. If OGR, or whatever can not support the requirements of WFS-T then 
it would be silly to try an implement something that will not work or 
will not work well.

Anyway, this is just my thoughts on the process, and I do not currently 
where a TinyOWS hat, but I do think the product is great and have used 
it in the past. I think it would be great if we could sensibly 
integrated it with mapserver or if it was just a standalone server that 
worked a little closer with mapserver.

Best regards,
   -Steve W

On 3/25/2011 10:50 AM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> Hi SteveW,
> My point is that I am aware of TinyOWS only supporting one database
> connection, so I think that before the MapServer PSC adopts TinyOWS we
> should have a clear plan of what we/TinyOWS would support. We must be
> aware that users of OGR-supported-databases with MapServer will assume
> that all OGR formats are accepted for WFS-T. So my point is that this is
> a significant amount of work (I believe Daniel reinforced my assumption
> on this in a previous email).
> -jeff
> On 11-03-25 11:01 AM, Stephen Woodbridge wrote:
>> Hi Jeff,
>> While I can not speak to the technical aspects of this, and this is
>> probably a good discussion to have at some point, I thought that these
>> type of decisions and discussion would happen under the mapserver PSC
>> governance on how to move these projects forward after we decided to
>> merge these projects.
>> Would you see lack of OGR support as a show stopper for merging the
>> projects? Why?
>> Or are you just thinking about the next steps and starting a discussion
>> on what we do next?
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