It is painful to see interesting projects tear their clothes and accept that they retire ... just a few days ago We made mention Of the weakness of projects not associated with an aggressive marketing plan that will make it sustainable.
It is not exactly the case of MapBuilder, a project that was born in December of 2003, with good results and that has announced that they will release a final stable version but that they will not be able to continue with the project the way they have been doing it. Its greatest integration was with OpenLayers, Who do seem to understand the business; Although now for MapBuilder is not so easy to follow the pace of development.
So making a correction, it is not that they throw the towel, rather they change of model of collaboration leaving to OpenLayers the role in order of a better advantage of resources.
The fact that
toward Mapbuilder does well
The biggest achievement of this project was to create an application under license LGPL that allowed without much complication to create services of client maps for Internet under transformation and XML rendering under an AJAX environment. According to many, its simplified Model-View-Controller (MVC) model is relatively easy to use but above all with very little requirement for the server.
- Map services can include GML, WFS, GeoRSS, and also Google Maps. But with its integration into OpenLayers can lead to also connect with Yahoo, Virtual Earth and Multimap
- It has support for the publication of data via WFS ... including transactional services (WFS-T)
- Services can be built using Web Map Context (WMC) and Open Web Services Context.
- It is compatible with several OGC standards and is a project that OSGeo He considered a graduate
There are Some examplesplos very well mounted, because it had managed to integrate its functionality with some versions of Firefox (somewhat old), Internet Explorer and Mozilla ... so that its limitation was not keeping track of the crazy modifications of Google and Microsoft to their browsers, in the end We landed on the road with the sad reality:
“It is difficult for someone to develop something good, for free”, not because it is not possible, but because everything in this life costs money… even time.
The most serious problem is that like this application there are several, so that with much doubt and regret we remain in the hope that someone will take it back… even if it has to be someone so bad That finishes commercializing it.
It is clear that the version of MapBuilder will possibly be the last one, although from the side of OpenLayers it will be possible to give more sustainable continuity.
Via: James Fee