Fwd: [ka-Map-dev] future of ka-Map

Pedro Simonetti Garcia pedrosimonetti at gmail.com
Thu Jun 5 21:31:09 EDT 2008

Hi Paul,

Sorry for the late response, I wish I had posted this before, but I was
working in a rush.

I just want to add that I think this I great and important step in ka-Map
development. As you pointed out, some of its features are very appealing for
many developers, specially for those more confortable with PHP than Python.

I'm working in a project with ka-Map + OL, and we'll be working on it until
december this year, so yes, I think ka-Map still a good choice for many
people, and therefore making it easier to configure, customize, and/or
integrate with other tools is something very bennefical to the ka-Map
community. JSON support is also another cool feature.

I hear this news with a lot of enthusiasm, since I thought the ka-Map
project was inactive, which is a shame. So, I'm very happy to see there will
be more new stuff coming from ka-Map community!

I have a limited spare time, but I will try to stay tuned with you
developers, and share insteresting things I found along the development of
the project I'm working for.

My best wishes,

Pedro Simonetti.

2008/5/7 Paul Spencer <pspencer at dmsolutions.ca>:

> just wondering what, if anything, people are planning to do with ka-Map
> these days.  I have a feeling that most developer efforts are, in fact,
> going into OpenLayers.  However, ka-Map has a few features that are
> appealing to some folks and are not served by OpenLayers:
> 1) server-side configuration without changing the client side
> 2) written in php
> 3) tile creation/management
> I think it may be useful to pull out portions of ka-Map's server side
> stuff, clean it up and add some new features, and provide more direct
> support for OpenLayers.  I'm not entirely sure what this would look like but
> it may be something like:
> * a php-based configuration file similar to the existing config.php for
> specifying various options and identifying maps and tile caches
> * a php-based tile engine similar to the existing tile.php for dynamically
> serving tiles from a cache and rendering them as necessary
> * a php-based tool that returns javascript or json to the client with an
> appropriately configured layer(s) (all the settings for the layer are taken
> from the configuration of the cache and other settings)
> * a client-side way of using the javascript or json from the server-side -
> could be as simple as including a script tag after OpenLayers.js or an
> entirely new Control or add-in for OpenLayers.
> This would focus efforts on improving tile.php rendering, tile management
> tools such as precache.php, and cleaning up that code while leaving the
> javascript stuff to OpenLayers.
> Comments?
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