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Introduction to PHP/MapScript (3 days)


Designed for users of UMN MapServer, this hands-on PHP/MapScript training course teaches students how to use the PHP/MapScript API to interact with UMN MapServer to generate dynamic maps, perform queries, manage layers and symbology, and perform a wide range of other functions using PHP/MapScript and UMN MapServer.

Students will also learn how to install, customize, and manage an installation of the PHP/MapScript based Ka-Map! tool to generate dynamic, Google-Maps like map applications.

This course is approximately 40% hands-on. Students will leave with numerous working examples that they build in class.

Introduction to PHP/MapScript Course Calendar (3 days)

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1 Includes airfare from anywhere in the continental United States and some parts of Canada as well as accommodation and shuttle services.
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2 Include course and course materials only.
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3 Requires a broadband internet connection and microphone. Note that Virtual LIVE courses are led by an instructor, and as such start and end in local time (based on the course location), this my differ from your time zone.
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For government and education pricing, please contact us.

Recommended Pre-requisites

Student attending this course should have already attended either our Introduction to GIS with PostGIS & MapServer training course, our Introduction to UMN Mapserver training course, or have equivalent experience working with UMN MapServer and GIS related technologies.

Course Outline/Agenda

This PHP/MapScript training course covers the following topics:
  • Introduction
  • Understanding UMN MapServer's CGI Mode
    • About CGI Mode
    • MapServer Operational Modes
    • MapServer Common CGI Parameters
    • Exercises
  • Loading Maps with PHP/MapScript
    • About PHP/MapScript
    • Creating the Map Object
    • Generating a Basic Map
    • Exercises
  • Understanding the Map Object
    • Retrieving Map Information (MapObj Members)
    • Manipulating the Map Object
    • Basic Map Object Methods
    • Working with Images
    • Exercises
  • Basic Layer Operations
    • Working with Layers
    • Managing Layer Drawing & Order
    • Retrieving Layer Features
  • Adding Features with PHP/MapScript
    • Adding Layers
    • Adding Geometries to a Layer
    • Adding Classes to Layers
    • Managing Layer Styles
    • Managing Layer Labels
  • PHP/MapScript Web Interaction
    • Understanding Image Maps
    • Exercises
    • Saving User Input (Generating Shape Files)
      • Creating the DBF File
      • Adding Data to Shape and DBF Files
      • Reading from Shape and DBF files
    • Creating a Tile Cache with PHP/MapScript
    • Exercises
    • Click and Zoom
    • Exercises
    • Other Zoom Methods
  • Performing Queries with PHP/MapScript
    • UMN MapServer Queries
    • Retrieving Query Results
    • Populating Templates
    • Other Query Methods
    • Exercises
  • Customizing Ka-Map! with PHP/MapScript
    • About Ka-Map!
    • Installing Ka-Map!
    • Understanding Ka-Map! Components
    • Configuring Ka-Map!
    • Understanding Tile Generation
    • Adding Map Files
    • Exercises
    • Customizing the Ka-Map! Interface
    • Configuring Ka-Map! Attribute Queries
    • Configuring Ka-Map! Feature Queries
    • Exercises
    • Reference Maps & Ka-Map!
    • Exercises

Class Size

This class is limited to a maximum of 12 students.

On-Site Delivery

This course is available for on-site delivery for groups of 3 or more students.

OTG offers discounted training for on-site courses of more than 3 students - call us at 877-258-8987 (or submit the form on the upper right side of this page) for more information.

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