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I'm looking for free UI lib/sdk/framework to make openlayers app that I can have the map in one panel , the layer control in other panel and maybe hovering tool bar (instead of putting buttons on the map). Bottom line , I'm looking to easily and fast make good looking and practical UI wise app. Thx!

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I would have guessed this has previously been asked, but there are a couple of these. GeoExt seems reasonably popular, and is probably a good choice if you have any ExtJS background.

In general, you are probably better off deciding which framework you want, and then typing that name plus "geo" in a search engine. So the top hit for me on "jquery geo" was (where do they get these names!) which I have not tried, but might suit you.

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I've never used any before , Thats why I don't know what to search for. I've been coding in and was using Telerik controls (which cost mucho money :P) Thats why I'm looking for simple and useful alternative for making web map app with panels , controls , overlays etc... – Alophind Nov 19 '12 at 20:29
I'd go with GeoExt then. One alternative that I didn't suggest (because I didn't know the .net angle) is to look at SharpMap ( – BradHards Nov 20 '12 at 3:00
Im looking for UI to wrap OpenLayers , SharpMap is an alternative to OL... no ?! – Alophind Nov 20 '12 at 13:42

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