[ms4w-users] maplab updates?
jmckenna at dmsolutions.ca
Thu Oct 20 17:48:06 EDT 2005
Excellent question, and one I'm sure is quite common among maplab and
There is an official response posted for this
The problem, and i apologize before i attempt to answer because i am not
a low-level maplab developer, has to do with the way PHP
serializes/unserializes variables in its recent releases, which the
maplab code relies on. The maplab developers examined this for a while,
they discovered that it is not a trivial solution, and we still don't
have the right resources/time/funding to allocate for this.
We realize there is a huge need for a "MapLab" with MapServer - a easy
mapfile/application development environment, and we're constantly
looking for the right opportunity/funding to do so...anyone out there
want to help??? :)
Until that day comes, you could use the recommended configuration and
use MapLab for its nice mapfile preview, and to quickly develop a
working phpmapscript application. (note that Chameleon is recommended
for application development now however).
But if that is not an option (using older php and ms4w versions on your
server), there are some other projects that might interest you:
* Quantum GIS (http://qgis.org/) has a 'File/Export as MapServer
mapfile' utility, that is still in development, but probably just needs
some resources/funding to complete
* there are utilities for mapfile export from Arc:
* ArcView 3.x - GIX http://gix.sourceforge.net/
- Avein! http://sourceforge.net/projects/avein/
* ArcGIS - Amein! http://sourceforge.net/projects/avein/
(there might be others of course)
I hope this sheds some light on the situation. MapLab-ms4w is still a
popular download, so users (like myself) really need something (as you
know as well).
Matt Wilkie wrote:
> Hi, maplab looks like it's quite far behind, needing a version of ms4w 2
> versions back from current. Is the problem with php intractable or is
> it just that maplab has been superceded by other tools? (my real goal at
> the moment is to find the best method of creating new .map files).
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