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Conclusions - Logical Genetics Maps

I hope this article has been useful to you. I've tried to address all of the issues which I have found it hard to deal with during the setup and use of Mapserver. If you find that I've missed something important or made a mistake somewhere then please drop me a line and let me know.

At the time of writing, I haven't really finished my holiday tracking application - at least not to a point where I can release it to the world. I have learned a heck of a lot about maps, GIS and Mapserver though. Since I can't link to the finished application I'll have to make do with the following screenshots.

Here's the map of the world. This is the first map which users see when they arrive at the page.
Map of the world
Figure 1: Map of the world


Figure 2 shows the user interface. The user can control the size of the map, zoom and pan using various buttons. There is also a reference map for jumping to other parts of the world.
User interface
Figure 2: User interface


The next figure shows many of the layers which are displayed when zoomed in. These all come from vmap0 and gtopo30, except for the place names, which are taken from various free sources.
A map showing various different layers
Figure 3: A map showing various different layers


The final figure shows the Isle of Arran. The yellow label and triangle are added at runtime using data stored in a mySQL database.
A map of the Isle of Arran.  The yellow triangle is created on the fly by mapscript
Figure 4: A map of the Isle of Arran. The yellow triangle is created on the fly by mapscript

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