i have to write an application where similar to Google Maps where i have to display a shapefile in a web application. My available technologies are Java (frontend framework: Apache Wicket) or PHP. It has to work under Firefox 4+ and IE8+ What are my options?
I have read about Web Map Service (WMS). That seems to do the job but requires setting up another server. I could probably live with that.
Are there any other options? What are the best options?