[Live-demo] RE: Review of MapGuide Open Source Overview docs (A good example to follow)

Trevor Wekel trevor_wekel at otxsystems.com
Tue Jul 27 17:48:03 PDT 2010

Hi Cameron,

I cannot take all the credit.  Most of the content was pulled from the MapGuide OSGeo website.  I have incorporated your comments into the document.


From: Cameron Shorter [mailto:cameron.shorter at gmail.com]
Sent: July 26, 2010 5:04 PM
To: Trevor Wekel; live-demo at lists.osgeo.org
Subject: Review of MapGuide Open Source Overview docs (A good example to follow)

Thanks for your documentation. You have done very well. (Other projects should take a look for ideas). What you have done well is kept your words simple and write for users rather than programmers.

Inserted are a few minor comments in italics. Could you please address (or ignore) by the end of the week.
MapGuide Open Source¶<cid:part1.05070007.02060904 at gmail.com>
Web Service¶<cid:part2.09030403.06040108 at gmail.com>

MapGuide Open Source<http://mapguide.osgeo.org/> is a web-based platform that enables users to develop and deploy web mapping applications and geospatial web services. MapGuide features an interactive viewer that includes support for feature selection, property inspection, map tips, and operations such as buffer, select within, and measure. MapGuide includes an XML database for managing content, and supports most popular geospatial file formats, databases, and standards.

MapGuide can be deployed on Linux or Windows, supports Apache and IIS web servers, and offers extensive PHP, .NET, Java, and JavaScript APIs for application development. MapGuide Open Source is licensed under the LGPL.
Trevor: Can you build a MapGuide website without any programming? Does it support drag&drop? If so I suggest mentioning it here.

<cid:part3.03040607.09010004 at gmail.com>
Core Features¶<cid:part4.03010003.07070708 at gmail.com>

Interactive Map Viewing

 *   Ajax viewer
 *   Cameron: I suggest avoiding the buzzword "AJAX" as many users will not be familar with it. I suggest words like "Responsive" or "Dynamic" instead.
 *   Feature selection and properties
 *   Buffering, querying
 *   Printing and Plotting

Quality Cartographic Output

 *   Scale-dependent detail
 *   Rule-driven thematic stylization
 *   Anti-aliased image rendering
 *   True color support

Build-in Resource Database for Manageability

 *   Hierarchical storage of XML resource documents that define maps, layers, data connections
 *   Define data sources and layers once and use them in multiple maps
 *   Access-based security model with inheritable permissions

Uniform Data Access

 *   Exclusive use of the Feature Data Objects (FDO) API for vector and raster data
 *   Cameron: I wouldn't expect users to know what FDO's are. What is the user benefit?

Flexible Application Development

 *   Develop your applications in PHP, .NET, or Java

Extensive Server-Side APIs

 *   Create, query, read, and write permanent and session based XML resource documents
 *   Query and update feature data
 *   Perform coordinate reprojection
 *   Create, manipulate, and analyze geometry
 *   Manipulate runtime maps and layers

Fast, Scalable, Secure Server Platform

 *   Fully multi-threaded and takes advantage of multi-core servers
 *   Load balancing among servers
 *   Pooled database connections
 *   Integrated tile caching

Multiple Platform Support

 *   Deploy on Microsoft Windows or Linux
 *   Serve applications with Apache or Microsoft IIS
 *   Browse with Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari and Chrome

Implemented Standards¶<cid:part5.04070400.02060706 at gmail.com>

 *   OGC Web Map Service 1.1.1

Details¶<cid:part6.01010809.02090403 at gmail.com>

Website: http://mapguide.osgeo.org/

Licence: GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)

Software Version: 2.2.0

Supported Platforms: Linux, Windows

Commercial Support: http://www.osgeo.org/search_profile


Cameron Shorter

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