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PostGIS in Action by Leo Hsu, Regina Obe

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Chapter 11. Using PostGIS in web applications

 

This chapter covers
  • Shortcomings of conventional web solutions
  • MapServer and GeoServer
  • OpenLayers

 

In a short span of 15 years, the World Wide Web has emerged as the leading method of information delivery, threatening to replace printed media altogether. For GIS, this has been a godsend; not only did the web introduce GIS to the popular imagination, it also affords a delivery mechanism for GIS data that wouldn’t have been possible via traditional printed media. Only 20 years ago, a GIS practitioner wishing to share his data would have had to print out large maps on oversized printers. And then came the web.

To deliver textual data and image data, conventional web technologies suffice, but ...

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