[webmap-discuss] Re: ka-Map and OpenLayers - and Mapbuilder?

Adair, Mike Mike.Adair at CCRS.NRCan.gc.ca
Mon Jun 26 09:31:58 EDT 2006

I think the advantage that MapBuilder can bring to the table is the
Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern.  This provides really good
separation of data and it's representation in the web page, and provides
great flexibility for configuring an application.  Having said that, there
are many people who don't understand our XML configuration file and prefer a
JavaScript API for configuring an application which is the OpenLayers
approach.  Hopefully there might be a way for the 2 approaches to co-exist.

I do agree that it would be great to share development effort.  I can see
this going one of 2 ways: a full-blown merge of projects, or MapBuilder
switches to the prototype.js framework (or whatever is selected) and there
is a shared widget library.

Personally, I have much catching up to do on this topic, but I'm following
the discussion with interest.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cameron Shorter [mailto:cameron.shorter at gmail.com] 
> Sent: June 24, 2006 6:21 PM
> To: webmap-discuss at mail.osgeo.org
> Cc: John R. Frank; Schuyler Erle
> Subject: [webmap-discuss] Re: ka-Map and OpenLayers - and Mapbuilder?
> Paul Spencer wrote:
> > There is a second discussion that needs to happen, probably 
> on webmap- 
> > discuss, or the mapbuilder list.  This would concern how 
> MapBuilder  
> > and OpenLayers (which in my mind includes ka-Map now) can 
> work  together.
> > There are substantial similarities and differences between  the 
> > projects.  I think that OpenLayers could be used as the Map 
>  Widget in 
> > a MapBuilder application.  From a short conversation with  
> Chris, it 
> > seems that you could use OpenLayers to manage both tiled  and 
> > non-tiled map draws.  I think that has some interesting  
> possibilities 
> > :)
> Yes, I'd like to revisit this when you are ready.
> --
> Cameron Shorter
> http://cameron.shorter.net
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