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Reviewing OpenLayers Beginners Guide may be the future of publishing, but at least on a Mac the future is out of reach - stick with PDF. 4RAZYGXL4R7F» eBook» OpenLayers Beginners Guide. Find Book To read the PDF file, you need Adobe Reader application. If you do not have. OpenLayers Beginner's Guide | Pages | ISBN: | PDF | 4,7 MB Web mapping is the process of designing, implementing, generating.
He has to cover everything, and does so pretty well although I'm not sure about his exposition on Object-oriented programming. Although he doesn't teach programming, he encourages users to cut-and-paste code and then experiment.
The sample chapter will show you how the book works - simple explanations, example code, and open-ended questions and mini-assignments. The Firebug debugger is introduced early on in the book, and I think this is a great idea.
Firebug didn't take long to repay me the time I took to grok what it could do. Erik sprinkles it liberally on the examples, since interactive inspection of a program is a great way to really see what it's doing.
Inevitably with a book like this, large chunks of its pages will be similar to dumps of the API documentation from the OpenLayers web site. Erik has fleshed out a lot of the terse API information to include fuller examples to make the book more than just that - I can imagine hardcopies of this book with a multitude of flapping yellow sticky notes for their owners to get rapid access to useful pages.
Packt Publishing will sell you the PDF version for those who like to search, and the paper version for those who like to stick. We use examples throughout the book to deomstrate OpenLayers concepts. This site will serve as extension for the OpenLayers book and contain code samples, error fixes, and other related things.
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The very first heading is Creating your First Map Total time for visual: 2 mins While this may not the best metric for evaluating a book it is at least how I evaluate when in a book store. Can I understand the "hello world", if not I hunt for a simpler alternative. Did I understand anything of what went on? Not at all sigh.
Only reasons I was successful at all is because they put the example together at the end. Basic as a cookbook?
The sphinx docs fall appart here as they assume I know what I am doing surprise I don't - where does the script block go again? The steps were not numbered helpful when all the concepts are new and you cannot tell the paragraphs apart. And surprisingly for open layers there is no visual included on the page showing what the results should look like really important for a beginners guide as it is so hard to know if you have completed something correctly.
To be fair these are probably not beginners docs and the intended target audience probably knows more than me about how things work. So how does OpenLayers 2. While we do have to sit through an introduction and background information, we do finally arrive at "Time for Action" section on downloading open layers followed by "creating my first map".
Total time for visual: 30 mins! As for the long time; I was unable to cut and paste from any of the reader formats downside to those helpful line numbers. WMS After typing things in managed to produce an empty map! After checking and rechecking for typos; trying in different browsers, I finally clicked on the page which resulted in the map being shown a ha something is working!
It should be map. So while I would love to give this one high marks for the clear instruction; it was a frustrating introduction to the book. This is where the book really hits it out of the park. As other reviewers have mentioned, the second chapter on firebug really underlines the fact that this is a book aimed at beginners.