[Geowanking] Just another Open Source mapping Solution?
peter at stromberglarsen.dk
Wed May 9 06:22:34 PDT 2007
It's already running on FlashLite 2.0
I hear what you're saying about open source. It's very difficult to imagine
what we'd be letting ourselves
in for and it does take an enourmous effort to do it really well.
We'd definately be interested to hear from anyone that has had a really bad
experience of going open source,
no that that would necessarily put us off, but to avoid any pitfuls we just
can't see yet.
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[mailto:geowanking-bounces at lists.burri.to] On Behalf Of Andrew Turner
Sent: 09 May 2007 14:34
To: geowanking at lists.burri.to
Subject: Re: [Geowanking] Just another Open Source mapping Solution?
I think this is a great project, and would definitely find a very useful
place in the open-source community. An additional benefit to you is that
other devs can contribute functionality/support that you will then be able
to use in your consulting projects.
However, supporting the community itself is an effort. Talk to Chris Schmidt
& Schuyler Earle on the effort they put into OpenLayers. Just
'open-sourcing' something doesn't guarantee a community or benefit :)
But I'd also like to point to a project that could probably see great
integration with HyperGIS. ModestMaps is a flash map library built by the
devs from Stamen Design:
I don't believe it has vector support yet. And I'm not a flash developer, so
I don't know how easy/hard the integration would be. But if your generated
MovieFiles could be integrated into the ModestMaps library/layers, i think
that would make for a great toolset.
Especially, as you pointed out, the increasing interest in RIA's. What do
you think would be the possibility of also supporting FlashLite for mobile
(vector layers of directions on my phone)
On 5/9/07, Peter Strømberg <peter at stromberglarsen.dk> wrote:
> Dear fellow geowankers
> Please forgive/ignore this post if you think it entirely off topic.
> Our company make a (currently) proprietary solution for building
> online map/GIS applications and we've had quite a bit of success with
> it, enough atleast to pay the rent, buy nappies and go on holiday once a
> Recently, inspired by others, even members of this very forum, we had
> the somewhat strange idea of realeasing the software that's taken us 4
> years to develop as Open Source.
> We know we can still live off developing actual web solutions based on
> it, so why not let others have a go with it aswell?
> The client/server, hyperGIS (www.hypergis.com) converts just about any
> data in vector or raster format to .swf (Flash). This means you can
> build quite slick client-side user interfaces and so called Rich
> Internet Applications or RIA's (Adobes marketing dept, not ours :O)
> "quickly and easlily"
> as they say.
> The raw data is used to pre-render objects as flash MovieClips,
> together with all their attributes (if you need them) and creates a
> well indexed database over them for quick retrievel. The client can
> also except data in XML, though this is noramlly only used for "live"
> data such as GPS tracking, etc. because of the sheer size compared to
> binary swf.
> The server that converts the data to is written in C#, and uses MS-SQL
> for storage, but could easily use other databases.
> The XML layers can and already do run on just about platform that can
> spit out a text file.
> And the point is? Well it would require some time and effort to
> release and maintain this as open source and would be a complete waist
> of our time if it was completely surplus to the requirements of the
> So to the point, would anybody be actually interested in using it, if
> it were available for download, for free?
> We would really appreciate the views of the geowankers who are exactly
> the people we'd be hoping would adopt the technology to build all
> kinds of great stuff.
> You don't need to respond here unless you think it is relevent to
> geowanking, but anything from flames to beta tester applications you
> can send to info at hypergis.com and I promise all comments will be
> helpful for us to make this decision.
> Thanks for listening, and if I am off topic please tell where I should
> post this.
> Pete S.
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