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Instant OpenLayers Starter [Kindle Edition]

Alessio Di Lorenzo , Giovanni Allegri

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OpenLayers is an open source JavaScript web mapping library distinguished from other alternatives, like Leaflet or Google Maps APIs, because of its huge set of components. Having being on the scene for a long time, users can benefit from a large set of resources and documentations, and a wide and actively supportive community.

Instant OpenLayers Starter gives you the possibility to produce your first “real” web map without being an experienced programmer or a GIS specialist. It provides you with an overview of the most popular vector and raster data formats used to share spatial information on the Web. By the end of the book you will be able to amaze your boss with a brand new web map and a bag of skills to give life to your geodata.

Instant OpenLayers Starter guides you through a fast and effective journey of web mapping, to discover how easy it is to put maps in your web projects, from simple base maps to interactive geo mash-ups, Google Maps, OpenStreetmap, GeoRSS, Panoramio, and your data. Starting with a lot of geo-information sources and a powerful library, we will explore how to manage maps inside web pages using basic third-party base maps to the overlay of re-projected vector data, going through styling thematic data and data interaction.


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks.A quick and simple Starter to working with the OpenLayers JavaScript library architecture, helping you become productive with it in a very short time.

Who this book is for

Instant OpenLayers Starter is a book for web designers or GIS specialists with a basic knowledge of JavaScript, for learning how to create simple, embedded, and basic maps, or to build complex data analysis and data management RIAs.

About the Author

Alessio Di Lorenzo

Alessio Di Lorenzo is a Marine Biologist and an MSc in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing. Now he is living in Pescara, Italy, the place where he was born in October 1979.

One fine day, looking for suitable tools to represent and analyze the environmental phenomena, he discovered GIS and decided that it was worthwhile to investigate the topic. By mixing his personal interest in computer science, open source software, and programming languages with the spatial knowledge, he has concentrated more and more on Web Mapping and Web GIS.

Nowadays he works as consultant and trainer for local and central governments and various organizations. Most of his experience concerns the use of geospatial and web technologies to study and manage data from emergency and monitoring plans in the environmental, veterinary, and public health fields. He is the author and co-author of articles concerning GIS for various scientific papers and for the TANTO blog.

When not having fun with maps and connected activities, he likes to spend his time swimming and riding his mountain bike or his motorcycle!

Giovanni Allegri

Giovanni Allegri has a degree in Earth Science from the Centre for Geotechnologies (CGT) at the University of Siena (Italy). He works as a GIS freelance consultant and analyst for public agencies and private companies. His work ranges from Spatial data modeling and GIS analysis, to GIS/WebGIS software development and cartography.

He runs courses on Spatial DB design and management, GIS analysis and WebGIS development, based mainly on free and open source technologies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1136 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (25 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to OpenLayers for new users, but quite short. 11 July 2013
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I was asked to review this book by PACKTpub as I have some experience of learning and then using OpenLayers. I did a survey of web-based mapping frameworks at the beginning of the year for a large geographic modelling application we are building and OpenLayers came out top. We are now deep in developing the application.

The book is a quick introduction to OpenLayers using a nice, staged example format. It assumes you know a little something about html and JavaScript programming, but gives you example code at each stage so you don't need to know a lot. This is a book that beginners could pick up and progress fairly well with. One warning: it does assume your using Linux so if you are a beginner on Windows then things might be a bit difficult for you.

I now know OpenLayers quite well but I did still learn something from this book about map base layers that I'm not using at the moment. In fact base layers, which is OpenLayer's name for the providers of the map data like Google or OpenStreetMaps, are covered really well. It does cover vector layers, which is where you can put shapes or information on the map, but not in so much detail. However it does use the elusive 'context' style, which is not well documented.

Overall I would recommend the book to beginners who want a quick introduction. The book has merit as, in my opinion, the one thing the OpenLayer's online documentation lacks is a good, step by step introduction.

I am a seasoned programmer, but when I started with OpenLayers I found I needed a good overview book and I bought the book OpenLayers 2.10 Beginner's Guide, which happens to be published by PACKTpub too. That is a much thicker and more expensive book but goes into a lot more detail. I found it invaluable to get me started and is also a good reference guide. I would recommend that for more serious programmers that want to learn OpenLayers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast introduction to OpenLayers 20 Jun 2013
By Carlos Bello Pauste - Published on
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This book has a different approach compared to that of others OpenLayers books: It is a short book, which almost half is written as a step by step tutorial and the other half is a collection of short recipes including some useful or frequent features. So, if you have very little time and you need an immediate vision of what is OpenLayers, how to start using it, how to use the most common functions to make a basic web mapping application, definitively this is a good introductory guide.
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