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PHPGeoTiles for Google App Engine (Project name changed!)

January 11th, 2009 2 comments

Update 1 : Project name changed from PHPGeoCache to PHPGeoTiles due to a conflict, sorry for change.

Hi Geo Readers,

I am very happy to announce a new Open Source project :   PHPGeoTiles

PHPGeoTiles is a tile proxy for Web Map Services (WMS). It creates tiles from WMS to store them on local disk or Google App Engine‘s “BigTable”.

This project is not the first one, there are better implementations of caching. So there is a question that why did i started this project? There are two answers for this question :

  • There is no caching mechanism written in PHP (if there are any, please let me know :) )
  • There is no caching mechanism store tiles on Google App Engine

I have been coding for 7 years in PHP, so it is a better environment for me than Java, .NET or python. PHP is also very popular on web due to its simplicity. You can easily find hosting on internet. Also I have been using Google App Engine for 3 months to store my tiles. Google App Engine is a kind of “Cloud Computing” environment to use in your applications.

This version is the first one as numbered 0.1. So that testing phase is very limited and its your responsibility to use it in your projects.

I’m very glad to hear your comments, questions or bug reports about the project :)

Project Web Page : PHPGeoTiles

Update 2 : Version 0.2 is available, ArcGIS Server REST API to Google App Engine support is added to new version.

A Classic : Wish List / Predictions for Year 2009

January 6th, 2009 Comments off

Previous year -2008- is very active in the mean of GeoWeb. The previous post, “Thoughts about previous year, 2008“, is about the new technologies or services published in 2008.  What about the new year 2009 for the Geoweb?

There are classic posts about the predictions or wish lists appear on blogs and I want to do same :)

Wish list/Predictions For Web and Geoweb in 2009 :

  • Google App Engine releases GIS extension for BigTable,
  • Google App Engine adds PHP/Ruby/Perl support for Apps
  • Google App Engine releases a desktop application to transfer data between data formats or servers
  • Google Maps adds Street View for Turkey
  • Google Maps adds Driving Directions for Turkey
  • ESRI releases the Offline Maps for ArcGIS Server
  • GMail adds Offline support
  • Community/ESRI adds ArcGIS Server API/support for OpenLayers (there are some possibilities from community, but not a fully supported)

These are my wishes or predictions about the Web or Geoweb in 2009, I would like to hear yours if any :)

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Thoughts about previous year, 2008

January 6th, 2009 Comments off

As I mentioned at my previous post, I haven’t blogging for almost a year and a half. Let me define the meaning of previous year :

•    A year to think about what to do
•    A year to make big changes in my life
•    A year to decide to take risks or not
•    A year to welcome Google Maps Flex/Flash API
•    A year to welcome Google Earth Browser API
•    A year to welcome ArcGIS Server 9.3
•    A year to welcome ESRI REST Services and ESRI ArcGIS Server JavaScript APIs
•    A year to start working with OpenLayers

Hmmm, it seems there are lots of changes both in my life and geo web.

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Hello world!

January 6th, 2009 Comments off

After a year and a half from stop blogging, I decided to restart my new blog which is more related to GEO issues as it is seen from the domain name . :D

This is my first post and lets start with “Hello World!” in PHP.

<?php echo “Hello World!”; ?>

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