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GeoServer Online Code Sprint this Friday!

The GeoServer community is planning an online code sprint this Friday to fix bugs and improve documentation. Join us in #geoserver on Freenode and let’s see how productive we can be. To help coordinate efforts, Andrea Aime is has prepared a list of bugs on Jira to kick start the sprint.


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GeoServer 2.4.2 released

The GeoServer team is pleased to announce the release of GeoServer 2.4.2:

This is a stable release containing bug fixes and incremental improvements, including:

  • Total matched feature count available in JSON output (contributed by Paul Biskup)

  • Ability to control how scale hints are computed in WMS 1.1 (contributed by Roy Braam and Mauricio Pazos)

  • Support for randomized symbol fills in both SLD and CSS (thanks to New South Wales Geological survey for sponsoring it)

  • Better support for data with 3D coordinates using GML3/GeoJSON, and associated improvements in the SQL Server backend (thanks to IGEA, Croatia, for sponsoring this work)

  • WCS 1.0 can be disabled

  • Several translation updates and improvements, thanks to the translation team. In no particular order: Polish, Korean, German, Lithuanian, Spanish, Romanian, French

  • Several small fixes in the docs (thanks to all the good people that contributed them!)

This release is made in conjunction with GeoTools 10.2.

Spot a translation mistake? Help translate here: GeoServer Stable localisation

About the GeoServer 2.4 series

The following change control requests were completed during the development of GeoServer 2.4:

Articles and blogs during GeoServer 2.4 development:

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GeoServer 2.4.1 Released

The GeoServer team is pleased to announce the release of GeoServer 2.4.1:

This is a stable release containing bug fixes and incremental improvements, including:

  • CSW admin page

  • Fixed deployment without web jars

  • Polygon fill margin vendor option in CSS

  • Automatically link CSW (ISO) records to the respective WMS/WFS/WCS sources

This release is made in conjunction with GeoTools 10.1.

Spot a translation mistake? Help translate here: GeoServer Stable localisation

About the GeoServer 2.4 series

The following change control requests were completed during the development of GeoServer 2.4:

Articles and blogs during GeoServer 2.4 development:

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GeoServer 2.4.0 Release Highlights

We noticed out friends at Slashgeo could not quite figure out what is new with the GeoServer 2.4.0 release - so we have updated the release announcement with a 2.4.0 feature list.

For a more complete story check out the State of GeoServer 2013 presentation on on elogeo or slideshare.

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.

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GeoServer FOSS4G 2013

The GeoServer community was out in force at FOSS4G.

GeoServer Workshops

GeoServer was well represented at a range of workshops:

  • W17: A complete open source web mapping stack (Introduction to the OpenGeo Suite): Jeffrey Johnson (Boundless)

  • W18: Introduction to Mobile Web Development Using FOSS4G: Krisztian Olle (Envitia)

  • W5: OGC services with GeoServer: from journeyman to master: Andrea Aime (GeoSolutions), Simone Giannecchini (GeoSolutions)

  • W19: Introduction To High Availability Clusters With GeoServer And GeoWebCache: Simone Giannecchini (GeoSolutions S.A.S.)

  • W20: SpatioTemporal Data Handling With GeoServer: An Introduction With Examples For MetOc And Remote Sensing Data For WMS And WCS: Simone Giannecchini (GeoSolutions S.A.S.)

  • W23: WPS With GeoServer: Tom Kunicki (Boundless)

Highlights, Notes and Quotes:

  • Andrea talking off the cuff for 30 mins (with Jody offering live whiteboard slides) while waiting for the overhead projector to be fixed.

  • Workshops are the highlight of foss4g!

GeoServer Presentations

We had a strong GeoServer thread on the second day, and a smattering of coverage throughout the conference.

The big news was the live release of GeoServer 2.4.0 during the State of GeoServer presentation. Thanks to Andrea and Jody for representing the team with an entertaining, if fast paced, presentation.

A quick shout out to elgeo and locationtech for capturing both the slides and recording the sessions from FOSS4G 2013.

Highlights, Notes and Quotes:

  • Members of the audience performing a GeoServer cloud deploy while waiting for the State of GeoServer talk

  • Q: When is 2.4.0 being released

  • A: Now!

  • Q: What are your plans for GeoServer 3 A: We would only make a GeoServer 3 if we have to break backwards compatibility. The team is doing an excellent job and I hope, for our customers, that we are never forced to make a GeoServer 3.0 release.

  • Q: Who is  is that person with Andrea? A project manager or something? A: ….

Code Sprint

Niels, in addition to being charming, was the force behind this years GeoServer code sprint.

As per ourinterview with Frank translation has been a great community priority. One of the steps to getting the imported module ready for use as an extension is to make sure it is ready to be translated. Niels had just finished the CSW admin page and hit the ground running. With a bit of help from Ian Turton, the team was able to get a pull request done during the code sprint.

One of the best ways to thank the code sprint team is to dive in and translate this new functionality, and sure enough when I checked this work is quickly getting done.

Thanks Niels, Ian and crew! I hope to see more GeoServer developers at FOSS4G Portland!

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