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

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Anatomy of a web mapping application

First off, what is a web-mapping application? To put it bluntly, it's some type of Internet application that makes use of a map. This could be a site that displays the latest geo-tagged images from Flickr (we'll do this in Chapter 11, Creating Web Map Apps), a map that shows markers of locations you've traveled to, or an application that tracks invasive plant species and displays them. If it contains a map and it does something, you could argue that it is a web map application. The term can be used in a pretty broad sense.

So, where exactly does OpenLayers fit in? We know OpenLayers is a client-side mapping library, but what does that mean? Let's take a look at the following figure:

This is called the client/server ...

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