[OpenLayers-Dev] OpenLayers Architect - GSoC 2008 Final Project Stats Report

Christian López Espínola penyaskito at gmail.com
Sat Aug 16 23:52:20 EDT 2008

Great work Erik!

On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 4:33 AM, Erik Hazzard <enoex1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Overview
> -------------
> This is my final status report for GSoC.  (I'm submitting it tonight
> because I'll be moving tomorrow and I don't know if I'll have an
> internet connection anytime soon).   Having started programming not
> even a year ago, this project has given me the opportunity to
> challenge myself and become more confident in my programming
> abilities.  I still consider myself a novice programmer, but it would
> have taken me ages to even get to the level I'm at now after GSoC.
> This has been an invaluable experience, and I want to again thank
> Chris Schmidt for the great help he's been and will (I'm sure)
> continue to be - I'm greatly indebted to him.  I've made more progress
> on the project than I thought I would, and I honestly feel that
> overall, while I still have a ways to go for a finished, polished
> product, this GSoC has been a phenomenal success.  I will most
> definitely continue working on this project after the summer ends, and
> I will occasionally post major updates to this list if anyone is
> interested - I'll also be keeping my blog updated.
> The past couple of days I've tied up the few loose ends I wanted to,
> and while the application is not fully functional, it does provide the
> basic map creation ability that I originally sought out to accomplish.
>  I haven't been able to test every example and combination of
> features, but I have not been able to find any bugs in IE or FF (there
> are things that do not work yet - but I've fixed all known bugs).
> Sebastian had suggested I implement a preview function, and although I
> hadn't planned to do it until after GSoC, there is a preview button
> once map code has been generated that will open a new window with a
> preview of the map.  The following is a brief list of some of the
> features that currently work
> -Configuring Maps, Layers, Controls, and Panels
>     -Configuring location of Panels and controls
>     -Base layers are determined by the order of the layers in the
> sortable layer list, default panel controls are specified by the order
> the controls are sorted in the panel control list
> -Generating Javascript code to create an OpenLayers map based on the
> selected configuration
> -Generating CSS code for panels / controls ( further explanation follows )
> -Viewing a preview of the map generated directly from the code
> CSS Generation
> ----
> Currently, classes are created for most controls and panels (save the
> editing toolbar for now).  Right now its main purpose to is to
> position and size panels / controls.  When a control or panel is
> created, the size and location scales based on the size of the actual
> map div.  The next step I will take after GSoC is over is to begin
> working on creating further theme customization tools, so no
> stylesheet editing should be necessary.  The overview map provides a
> good demonstration of how OLArchitect is currently generating and
> using CSS.
> Overall, I don't expect this to be able to and hadn't planned for it
> to create a very robust map at the moment.  It does, however, provide
> a very solid foundation and demonstrates an easy and quick way to
> general OpenLayers maps.  (The "button" control don't do much
> currently either).  However, nearly all the hard work is done, and the
> code is as extensible as I could make it (albeit not great code) so
> adding features won't be much of a hassle.  I look forward to not only
> working on this project after GSoC ends, but hopefully start to get
> involved with OpenLayers development as I've gained a fairly solid
> understanding after spending so much time with it these past months.
> I'll be posting a more detailed analysis on my blog within the week,
> outlining what I plan to do next. Thanks again for giving me this
> awesome opportunity to work on my project, and thanks to everyone who
> has helped and supported me along the way.
> URL - http://olarchitect.com/
> Blog - http://vasir.net/blog/olarchitect
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Christian López Espínola <penyaskito>

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