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Posted August 14, 2005
Excellent MapServer reference
This is a very thorough book when it comes to understanding and using MapServer, however, I think the title is a little inappropriate. This book would be more accurately called Web Mapping with MapServer Illustrated. If you read this book with the understanding of using MapServer, you will not be disappointed. The author does an excellent job of guiding the reader from installing MapServer, to collecting mapping data, to actually implementing your solution on the web (including using web services). If you follow the author¿s directions, you will be able to quickly get a mapping system in place. However, through further reading, it becomes obvious that the initial configuration of a mapping system is pretty trivial compared to the actual collection, storage, and implementation of mapping information. After reading this book, I was very impressed with the author¿s depth and breadth of knowledge in the subject of electronic mapping. It is obvious the author knows what he is talking about, but is able to discuss issues in a way that does not alienate the beginner. In any case, this book is a fascinating read to get an idea of what some commercial mapping applications (e.g. MapQuest) might look like behind the scenes.
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