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OpenLayers 3 : Beginner's Guide by Erik Hazzard, Paul Spencer, Thomas Gratier

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Advantages of using OpenLayers

OpenLayers makes creating powerful web mapping applications easy and fun. It is very simple to use—you don't even need to be a programmer to make a great map with it. It's open source, free, and has a strong community behind it. A big advantage of OpenLayers is that you can integrate it into any closed or open source application because it is released under the BSD 2-Clause license. So, if you want to dig into the internal code, or even improve it, you're encouraged to do so. Cross browser compatibility is handled for you by the Google Closure Library— but you need to have IE9+ because VML rendering (specific to IE8 and older versions) is no longer supported. Furthermore, OpenLayers 3.0 supports modern mobile, touch ...

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