Client-Side GIS Operations

Authored by: Terry Bossomaier , Brian A. Hope , Christoph Karon

Online GIS and Spatial Metadata

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9781482220155
eBook ISBN: 9781482220162
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Of all the changes to Online GIS over the last decade, it has been the changes on the client side that have had the greatest influence on the popularity of Online GIS. The biggest changes have been the use of browser-based systems to access map content online and languages to enable client-side operations. Underpinning this has been the development of APIs to speed up development and extend ways in which users can render and query data. This chapter discusses the GIS operations which are performed at the client end. Clients used to be mostly desktop computers, but now include tablets and smartphones. Operating systems now include Android, new variants of Microsoft Windows and IOS (Apple) as well as the traditional big three, LINUX, Mac OS X and Windows.

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