- Learn how to use OpenLayers through explanation and example
- Create dynamic web map mashups using Google Maps and other third-party APIs
- Customize your map’s functionality and appearance
- Deploy your maps and improve page loading times
- A practical beginner’s guide, which also serves as a reference with the necessary screenshots and exhaustive code explanations
OpenLayers 2.10 Beginner’s Guide will walk you through the OpenLayers library in the easiest and most efficient way possible. The core components of OpenLayers are covered in detail, with examples, structured so that you can easily refer back to them later.
The book starts off by introducing you to the OpenLayers library and ends with developing and deploying a full-fledged web map application, guiding you through every step of the way.
Throughout the book, you’ll learn about each component of the OpenLayers library. You’ll work with backend services like WMS, third-party APIs like Google Maps, and even create maps from static images. You’ll load data from KML and GeoJSON files, create interactive vector layers, and customize the behavior and appearance of your maps.
There is a growing trend in mixing location data with web applications. OpenLayers 2.10 Beginner’s Guide will show you how to create powerful web maps using the best web mapping library around.
What you will learn from this book
- Learn how to set up OpenLayers and use it to create your own web maps
- Debug your map to find out how it works and how to fix things that break
- Investigate the multitude of different layer types OpenLayers supports out of the box
- Customize your map’s settings to support different projections, resolutions, controls, and more
- Learn about what projections are and how to work with them
- Use Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other third-party maps directly in your own map
- Understand the numerous map controls provided out of the box and learn how to develop and customize your own
- Add real-time, client-side interaction with the Vector layer and customize its appearance
- Work with external data formats like KML, GeoJSON, and many others
- Develop a complex web map application using external data sources from Flickr, Twitter, and more
- Learn how to deploy and optimize your web map
This is a beginner’s guide with the essential screenshots and clearly explained code, which also serves as a reference.
Who this book is written for