[OpenLayers-Dev] GeoConnexion Magazine Article

Christopher Schmidt crschmidt at metacarta.com
Mon Nov 17 22:18:50 EST 2008

In the November issue of the GeoConnexion magazine, ("Geo:
International"), an article I wrote was published in OSGeo's
Monthly Column, "Open Sources". The article talks a bit about
the history of OpenLayers, and how it came to be developed the way it

    OpenLayers was the first mapping framework to make an explicit
    statement that it was not an application at all, but a toolkit for
    building mapping applications. This different approach resulted in a
    somewhat long curve to acceptance. In its infancy, the project was
    used only by developers: people who had a strong knowledge of what
    they wanted to do, and needed to have more control over their tools
    in order to do it. This early audience helped to build a rapid
    development environment where many of the users of the code were
    also able to contribute fixes and improvements based on their needs.
    This developer-friendly environment may be one of the key
    differences that has allowed OpenLayers development to continue to

More is included in the full article, available as a PDF from the
GeoConnexion website:


I pounded the article out in a couple hours, so it may have some pretty
serious flaws, but I tried to accurately represent everyone involved :)

Christopher Schmidt

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