My Little Open-Source Stack

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and things have been busy. Soccer season has ended, the kids have finished school and I’ve finished up at my client site and moved back to the office. Among the many things I’ve been working on, I’ve started building an open-source GIS stack. It’s not entirely open-source since it’s installed on a Windows server but the purists will have to get over that.

So far, I’ve got PostgreSQL/PostGIS and GeoServer 1.5.1 installed. I’ve got GeoServer running as a Windows service and I’ve loaded a couple of data sets into PostGIS, serving one out through GeoServer for now. I’ve been able to successfully connect to the WMS and WFS remotely using uDig as a client. KML seems to work fine for the sample data sets that install with GeoServer but my test layer doesn’t work correctly. That’s not as much of an issue for us right now because we’ll probably focus on World Wind for the spinny globe component. Basically, I’m at the infrastructure-building stage. My next step is to set up SharpMap and start writing some apps.

The only hiccup I’ve had so far dealt with getting GeoServer to run as a service. Every time I logged out, the service would stop (not a great feature in a service). It turns out that I had the DLL and JARs for the Java Service Wrapper in the wrong place. Now it works fine.

So far, I’m impressed with how smoothly it’s going. We’ll see how long that keeps up once I start slinging code. 😉

The road less traveled…

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  • Hi Bill,
    happy to see your experience with Geoserver is going smooth enough.
    About the issues you had, can I suggest you subscribe to the users mailing list (maybe thru Nabble, so that you can post without receiving mails and just be notified of response to your mails)? This way you could try and help you when you stumble on an issue.

    I would also love to have a look at that test layer that’s not willing to show properly 🙂

    And finally, we did not have any volounteer time to take back the service wrapper in the standard install. Care to write down what you did, so that we can replicate it in the next Geoserver release? 🙂

  • Andrea,
    Thanks, I’ll get on the mailing list. I hope the theme came through that I am quite happy with GeoServer thus far. I have been using it off and on for a couple of releases now and it’s fairly impressive.

    I consider the issues that I noted to be very minor but I’ll definitely document the problem I had with the service wrapper.

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  • gudivada

    hi,

    I AM REALLY SORRY TO pOST HERE,
    till no one is giving reply to me, i hope you will help me to…

    i am new to gis, currently doing project on vehicle fleet tracking system with the help of gis stuff. my guide suggested to me for mapping…geoserver+googlemap(wms)+postgresql. I strucked here, i dont know how to embedded with gps latitude and co-ordinates.

    1. Is my tools are correct or not, if it is not please suggest to me.
    2. i dont have any shapefiles of roads,

    please help me

  • It is hard for me to say but I see no reason why you can’t do what you want with those tools. As for handling your GPS output, I will assume it can output in NMEA format and there are plenty of open-source parsers out there.

    You may want to look at OpenStreetMap.org for roads data.