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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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Good introduction to OpenLayers for new users, but quite short. 11 July 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fast introduction to OpenLayers 20 Jun 2013
By Carlos Bello Pauste - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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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