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Can anyone point me to any resources regarding developing a custom WMS service in java? I am seeking for a tutorial for an experienced programmer, but including the details of setting up the server and the like as well as some code samples.

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Depending on how customized your WMS service needs to be I'd start by looking at Geoserver which provides WMS out of the box. It's implemented in Java under the GPL license so may, or may not work for you depending on your requirements.

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Here are tutorials for Geoserver ( – Jay Askren Sep 4 '10 at 21:15

I would first go with Yeroc's answer, but you can also try SimpleMapServer.

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