[OpenLayers-Dev] New Kid on This Block
3ashore at Comcast.net
Sat Nov 1 14:23:59 EDT 2008
Hello all. Let me tell you a bit re what I'm doing (he sez, as though
he really knows!) and invite suggestions.
I've written a free open source computer-aided dispatch application,
targeted to teams/agencies with zero budgets for software of this
nature. (It's Tickets by name, and with a demonstration/download site
at http://www.saefern.org/tickets/ - in addition to SourceForge.) It's
built using the usual open source suspects, PHP and MySql. Of special
relevance here is that I've included Google Maps as the geo-spatial
component. Justification for the latter is, not surprisingly, its zero
cost, ubiquity, and convenience - as well as its capabilities. By
design for its expected installation by first-timers, it avoids use of
any other than the most basic components.
Now I want to port Tickets to a mapping base that wd allow its use in
situation where - at least temporarily - there's no Internet access;
the maps/tiles/images wd need storage and accessibility at the web
server. (Client browser and server are readily configured onto a single
box, of course.) Certainly, OpenLayer's open Source aspect is
especially attractive, given all of the above.
Tickets can/is deployed where there's limited mapping available, but I
expect that users - many of them ham radio enthusiasts - might be
willing to spend some effort in developing the kinds of map information
appropriate to their particular situations. From what I see on this
list, there's no shortage of tools and advice to help them do so. This
might be a particularly positive aspect in such an implementation,
although possiblY more than countered by the possible lack of immediate
Th - th - th - that's it folks. Comments and suggestions invited, and
certainly from anyone who's undertaken a similar task.
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