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I created a digital database of many important features and locations of my city. and I want to create a web application in which shortest distance between two locations can be calculated and displayed. Is it possible with openlayers as client scripting. My shapefiles are in postgis.

What I am expecting is :

  • The database contains all roads, point features etc.

  • When the user types a location, the required location name can be listed out from the database and then user can similarly select another location

  • Then my technique is to find the nearest road points for the two locations (may be using buffer method) and then

  • finding the shortest and possible routes between the two road points along the road vector features.

    But I don't know how to write the code and algorithms.

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Please check or… for examples – user25318 Dec 30 '13 at 9:52
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Yes, that's possible using PostGIS with pgRouting and OpenLayers. You'll find an extensive tutorial here:

In a similar question (routing using openlayers and pgrouting) the following GeoExt for pgRouting tutorial is recommended:

You'll want to look into auto-complete scripts to support users when typing location names.

Finding nearest points on line has been discussed multiple times, e.g. Nearest neighbor between a point layer and a line layer

You'll have to learn to write code ... or hire someone.

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thanks and i extended my question..please tell me if i can do that all using pgrouting – Jeevan Patnaik Feb 10 '13 at 11:48 this link is given in pgrouting and is not working – Jeevan Patnaik Feb 10 '13 at 12:19

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