[Chameleon] Trying to learn too much too quick..guidance requested.

Yahya Mohammad yahya at atc-me.com
Wed Mar 14 09:07:28 EST 2007

For javascript, I'd recommend OReilly's Definitive Guide by Flanagan
This page: 
helped a lot when I started working with Chameleon.

On Tue 13 March 2007 22:44, you wrote:
> List:
> I need some recommendations on how to proceed on learnng Chamaleon.  l have
> gone through most of the turorials in O'rielly's "Web Mapping Illustrated"
> and "Beginning Mapserver" by Apress to gain a basic understanding of
> Mapserver.  However, I am lacking javascript and php skills.  I also have
> two reference books on PHP which I am slowly going through.  I also have
> reviewed some of the reference docs and howto's on the mapserver  and
> Chameleon documentation sites.  I have yet started to learn javascript,
> css, advanced html....
> Secondly, almost every time I try to
> modify the code either from reference documents or from recommendations
> in the user list I run into parse errors.  For example, i) grouping
> layers  in the legend_template.html that downloaded with Chameleon, ii)
> using a Type pixmap in a layer file (parse error); I wanted to use
> custom symbology in the xml theme legend.  I just don't know enough
> about java and php to fully understand how to correct the problems as
> recommened by posts.  Additionally, I do not understand how context files,
> map files, php files, communicate with each other.
> Therefore, I ask the list to recommend:
> 1.  A good online tutorial or reference book to learn javascript that would
> help me with Chameleon. 2.  What step should I take next to understand how
> chameleon works?  Should I try to understand the php files and phtml files
> first? 3.  What training is available that may be close to where I live, 
> Southwestern USA.
> The chameleon project I have compiled to date is available at: 
> http://mapserver.rthicksconsult.com/test1/index.phtml.
> Thanks for your help.
> Andrew
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Yahya Mohammad
Advanced Technologies ME FZ LLC
Dubai Media City

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