[mapserver-dev] GSoC Project - ScribeUI: A mapfile editor

Julien-Samuel Lacroix jlacroix at mapgears.com
Fri Jun 21 07:33:17 PDT 2013


We are pleased to announce that MapServer got 2 project accepted for the 
Google Summer of Code. This first one is ScribeUI: A GUI and tools for 
MapServer mapfile editing [1]. ScribeUI (name subject to change) is a 
mapfile management GUI that works both locally or remotely. This tool 
aims to make it easier for beginners to start with MapServer and to be a 
productivity tool for power-users. It will of course provide a nice 
mapfile editor with autocompletion, meaningful error messages and color 
swatches. In the future, the tool could be extended to manage MapCache 
tile generation, test SQL queries or even deploy sites.

You can see the first mockups here:


ScribeUI will support the mapfile syntax as well as the Basemaps [1] and 
Scribe syntax [2]. It will also feature a workspace manager that will 
enable the user to group mapfiles per project and the ability to run on 
a server to make things easier when working remotly.

About the student:

Jessica is an entrepreneur. Despite her young age, she already shines at 
the international level (just like Mapgears!) with her font production 
business: CuttyFruty?.com. She developed her interest for font sets when 
she was 13, and today, her fonts are being used by big names such as 
Lise Wathier, Barbie, Microsoft and Rihanna. (Read more here.)

Even if her first start-up was very artsy, Jessica also has a passion 
for software and web development, and she will actually represent Canada 
at the World Skills competition this July. She is in the process of 
completing a bachelor's degree in computer science, and it is as a 
software developer that she joins the project. We are already looking 
forward to what her exceptional combination of artistic and programming 
skills will bring to the MapServer project.

[2]  https://github.com/mapserver/basemaps
[3]  http://www.mapgears.com/en/blog/archive/2013-03-12-scribe
[4]  http://www.worldskills.org/

Stay tune for the initial release!

Julien-Samuel Lacroix

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