MapServer Report 2007
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Project Name = MapServer
- Period covered by report: Jan-Dec 2007
- Contact name: Steve Lime
- Transformed the MapServer Technical Steering Committee (TSC) into the MapServer Project Steering Committee (PSC) (see RFC-23)
- Added four new members to the PSC
- Three maintenance releases of MapServer 4.10
- Migrated significant portions of MapServer project infrastructure, specifically CVS and Bugzilla, from the University of Minnesota to OSGeo infrastructure (SVN and Trac) in April 2007
- Implemented a buildbot
- Released MapServer 5.0 in early September 2007 closing more than 200 tickets. Key features include:
- Support for the AGG rendering engine
- Label prioritization control
- Style and label attribute binding
- Dynamic charting capabilities
- Raster color correction via color lookup table
- Dynamic allocation for most statically allocated elements (e.g. layers, classes and styles)
- Improved memory management and garbage collection for MapScript
- Enhanced debug/logging capabilies
Areas for Improvement
- OSGeo incubation process was slow, primarily limited to infrastructure migration from UMN to OSGeo.
- Like most projects, keeping documentation up-to-date with development remains a challenge.
- There was little or no time for collaboration with other similar (e.g. MapNik, GeoServer, MapGuide) projects although I guess this is only natural given the other demands of working on a project.
- The MapServer development team did a poor job representing the new release of MapServer (5.0) at the FOSS4G conference in Victoria.
Opportunities to Help
- list areas that could use some help from members and readers of the report
Outlook for 2008
- this is the motivational part that is meant to inspire readers to keep their eyes open for great stuff in 2008 :)