GeoServer Blog

Overdue FOSS4G report

So it’s been way too long since we posted anything on this blog other than release announcements.  Which is not as it should be, since there’s been a ton happening in the GeoServer community.  I’m going to try to catch up with a lot of the various news in the next week or two, but wanted to just mention things here, which should force us to actually blog about them in more depth soon.

The first big category is the FOSS4G conference.  The conference team did an amazing job, so first just want to thank them for all their hard work.  From the GeoServer perspective it was easily our best conference yet, with a number of talks from developers and users.  In coming posts I’ll highlight the talks more, with links to check them all out.  The conference is definitely the highlight of the year for those of us working on the project, because we get to meet so many excited users.  Both those that we’ve seen on the lists before, and people who have just been happily making use of GeoServer and had no reason to get in touch with us.  We also get invaluable feedback on the features users actually care about.

After the conference we had a successful ‘code sprint’ - most projects sprinted on Friday, but the hard-core GeoTools team followed up working through the weekend.  Thanks goes out to Refractions for hosting us, giving us space to work away.  We worked on the biggest elephant in subversion - the new feature model that allows us to deal with complex types.  Its had many years of effort, many failed branches, and just became a scary task that seemed like it might never be done.  But Justin worked for months preparing for the sprint, where we moved almost everything to use the new way.  Initially uDig will see the results of the work first, but it was some nice implications for GeoServer - serving up set schemas from arbitrary data - when someone comes up with a bit of additional funding/time.

In other news we’ve been getting some great contributions of late, which I’ll write about soon.  The Open Planning Project, the primary maintainer of GeoServer, is also working on some exciting stuff, including mapping integration with the other main project - OpenPlans.  The end result should be a really nice user interface for groups to make annotated maps, with full wiki-like editing, about the issues they care about.

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GeoServer 1.5.4 Released

The GeoServer team is pleased to announce the availability of the latest stable release, 1.5.4.

This release mostly cleans up stuff for Google Earth and Maps.  Generated maps now line up perfectly on Google Maps, with a fix to the projection code.  This allows us to replace the Google Maps overlay demo with OpenLayers, so it works with GMaps, Yahoo! Maps and Virtual Earth.  Google Earth will now zoom to the exact location of the dataset, and has further support for ‘time’ elements.

There are additionally a few improvements for Oracle users, including proper Shapefile output, and the ability to run in an Oracle Application Server.  Also new is Arabic rendering support and fixes for serving additional content through GeoServer.

Full changelog is located here.

This release is based off the brand new GeoTools 2.3.5 stable release.

Thanks to all the users and contributors who helped out with testing and feature suggestions, this project would not be possible without all of you.

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GeoServer 1.6-beta4 released

The GeoServer team is pleased to announce what should be the last beta release in the 1.6 series.  So please download, help us test, test, test, and RC1 should come out soon.

Beta4 has a number of great improvements, all across the board.  The versioning support has had a number of improvements and bug fixes, soon we should have some easy to use tutorials and stable examples, but for the impatient you can try to figure things out from an early example and the foss4g tutorial.  Google Earth support has some nice improvements, with better sizes for icons and the addition of the KML ‘LookAt’ tag, which zooms you straight to where your data is, plus a number of bug fixes.

GeoJSON support has been updated to the latest spec, and the ‘www’ portion of the data directory is now working properly, allowing anyone to ship demos to be served by GeoServer.  For the next release we will show some examples of how to do this.  Also new is support for ‘component WMS’, which allows GeoServer to do on the fly rendering of layers that reside on other servers.  In the WMS request you just specify the SLD and the location of the WFS and GeoServer gives you the rest.  There is also support for Arabic labels.  GeoServer is also now working properly in Oracle Application server.

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GeoServer Tutorials from FOSS4G

Just quick note, the GeoServer team just put on a new workshop at FOSS4G.  The conference is just getting started, but after we finish up here we’ll work in the coming weeks to make those materials more generic and available to all.  For those who want a preview, or those in the workshop who want to follow up on what they’ve done, the materials are available in the docs at FOSS4G 2007 Workshop.  In time these should result in some nice new high quality documentation.  Thanks to everyone who attended and provided feedback on the software and the workshop.

If you’re at the conference and are using GeoServer do swing by The Open Planning Project’s booth in section A, a number of us should be there at most times.  There are also a number of talks, and we’ve now got the times for them:

We also encourage you to check out Tim Schaub’s OpenLayers - Agile Geography in a Browser talk, which will include an application built with GeoServer’s versioning capabilities.  After his talk we’ll post it live for people to preview, so see it there first.

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GeoServer 1.6-beta3

The GeoServer Project is pleased to announce the release of the third beta of 1.6.0, now available for download.  The main focus of this release has been a number of performance improvements, done by Andrea Aime.  These center around the WMS, and can be seen most clearly on layers that do not have any labels.  Soon we should improve the labeling as well, so keep an eye, since GeoServer is getting legitimately _fast.  _Other improvements include fixes in reprojection in the WFS, with some of the WFS 1.1 work being backported to WFS 1.0.  This allows us to do things like digitize on top of Yahoo! Maps and save the points back to GeoServer, where it automatically puts it in the right projection for the dataset.  The final improvement for beta 3 is our GeoJSON implementation is now part of the standard distribution instead of a separate download.  I for one am excited about this, as it’s about the only coding I’ve done in the past year.

Also, if you’re attending FOSS4G then please find us, we love talking to people who are actually making use of GeoServer.  Many of us will be at TOPP’s booth, and perhaps we will try to pull together a BOF or something.  And of course will be at the workshop and sessions on GeoServer.  See you there!

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