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

Julien-Samuel Lacroix jlacroix at mapgears.com
Wed Mar 14 09:41:53 EST 2007

I think a big help for you would be to get a training session on 
Chameleon and MapServer. There are companies who give that kind of 
training. I don't know about Southwest US since I'm in Eastern Canada ( 
  http://www.mapgears.com/contact_en.html ) though.

If there would be a conference in short term that would be a perfect fit 
for you. However the next one in Vancouver is only in september. The 
remaining options are doing it by yourself. I think you could do the 
Chameleon 101 workshop and then the Advanced Chameleon Customization 
one. Workshops available at:

I think Jason and Paul are on the list so they may help if you have 
trouble to install.


PS: the advance workshop is also available in the wiki I think

Andrew Parker 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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Julien-Samuel Lacroix

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