My app based on Mapserver contains dynamic layers and using PHPMapscript I modify MAPFILE->LAYER->DATA value based on a parameter that comes via GET. Or I could even use RegEXP in the LAYER->DATA (http://osdir.com/ml/mapserver-users-gis/2012-02/msg00208.html)
I know GeoServer has good REST support and most probably after my analysis this will be one of the reasons why I'm going to change.
Is it possible to define a GeoServer layer dynamically? E.G. I will create datastores for specific topics Layers (shp or raster) are stored following the criteria:
/data/layers/topic1/2013/201305/Layer1.shp, /data/layers/topic1/2013/201305/Layer2.shp, /data/layers/topic2/2013/201305/Layer3.shp
The layers change each month and absolutely I don't want to recreate them via GeoServer admin. Using OpenLayers I can pass a parameter mergeNewParams=YYYYMM and get the specific OWS out of the layer (WMS or WFS), but how?
Something like this when I define the datastore URL http://docs.geoserver.org/latest/en/user/webadmin/data/stores.html#adding-a-store in the connection URL I would like to specify file:/data//YYYY/YYYYMM/YYYYMMDDUTC Is it possible?