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I want to to write a simple web app with a map (tile cache because of hi res raster) that once a user click the map he can do some queries on it (as in search in polygon , radius , nearest ) on the TAB (Not google map or bing.. my own tab I've got from a GIS friend) . from the little I've read I've encountered many new Terms as : Web Map Server / Web Map Service / Tile cache / WFS etc... I'm looking for free (open source probably) solution that I can learn and use in .Net. I know client side will be Open Layers but still need some reading material that will make some sense (and explanation) on all these terms - architucture. I know there is GeoServer , SharpMap , MapServer , TileCache.. just not sure what each does / used for...

Thank you in advance

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Does it have to be .Net? Opensource and .Net is going to be difficult. –  underdark Nov 9 '12 at 19:36
    
if you take GeoServer, or any other WMS / WFS capable map server, and OpenLayers you might be able to do everything in JavaScript and HTML without involving .NET. .NET is also a little inconvenient if you're running GeoServer as it's a java application, so you would probably need Apache/Tomcat and IIS running in parallel which seems a little redundant –  tomfumb Nov 9 '12 at 20:20
    
Hi , Thank you for the answer. I'm a .Net developer and using the server side for wrapping the map with UI. I thought MapServer has .Net capabilities , or as an alternative (worst case scenario) is writing a Java based service and using a proxy to query it from .Net web app (the "view") –  Alophind Nov 11 '12 at 7:25

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It deals more with the client side but try "Open Layers 2.10" by Erik Hazzard, it's a good book to start learning about webmapping with.

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Thank you Banger , I've already acquired the book , but more important I want to understand the server side because I'm using custom made tabs and not BING or OSM layers. –  Alophind Nov 11 '12 at 6:56
    
When you say tab do you mean Mapinfo tab files? –  Banger Nov 12 '12 at 20:25
    
that's more an area I am still learning about too but you could try open geo's white paper opengeo.org/publications/opengeo-architecture or Don Meltz has a blog about setting up his own map server, it's dated Jan 11 so a little while ago donmeltz.com/blog/index.php/2011/01/09/serving-maps-for-free but hopefully someone else who knows more about it will answer –  Banger Nov 12 '12 at 20:30
    
Banger - Yes... I'm currently working with MapInfo professional tab files (and wor or mws workspace) –  Alophind Nov 13 '12 at 4:29

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