Let me call out several significant developments from the GeoServer product story:
CSS Extension: David Winslow is a long standing member of the GeoServer community, however his most significant work has been hiding in the community modules. With this release of GeoServer the CSS module has become a formal GeoServer extension. This module being brought into core is having a serious impact on the GeoServer usability story and is an excellent contribution. The documentation has been updated with a complete CSS cookbook (as a counterpoint to the SLD cookbook) and represents a great learning aid. Talking points: there are some technical reasons (the CSS module is written in Scala rather than Java) why it has remained a community module up until now. The GeoServer community opening up, even a little bit, to other JVM languages is an interesting change of strategy.
**Time boxed release model: **GeoServer 2.4.0 was released on time with little drama. Talking points: This is kind of old news now, but with all the mad panic around FOSS4G releases seen over the course of the week I have to call out the GeoServer community for being excellent. It is not enough to release open source software, releasing on schedule is the new normal.
**NetCDF and GeoTools Raster API improvements ** Talking points: This change is flying under the radar, but is significant from a product story as it is opening up new markets to the GeoServer application. It is a long term play, and there is work to be done, but it is wonderful to see the first steps taken in a responsible and measured manner.
Importer community module (heading to extension shortly!) offering a wizard like process for the bulk publication of data, automating common activities such as transformation and generation of default styling. Talking points: This represents a significant contribution from the downstream OpenGeo Suite being donated back to the GeoServer community to enable collaboration and improvement. GeoServer has a number of downstream distributions and this is a great example of healthy community participation.
- FOSS4G 2018 GeoServer Developers Workshop
- GeoServer at FOSS4G 2017 Boston
- REST API Code Sprint Prep
- Nov 18th Bug Stomp
- Online GeoServer Bug Stomp - July 2016 Results
- Online GeoServer Bug Stomp
- GeoServer Explorer Plugin for QGIS
- New repository and release delay
- GeoServer FOSS4G 2015 Activities
- GeoServer 2.4.0 Release Highlights