I read a book about OpenLayers 3 and I guess its about an older OpenLayers version because it mentions a ol.source.ServerVector vector source for getting WFS layers from a server.

In the latest OpenLayers 3.9.0 that I use, when I search the API the only vector sources I can find are vector, cluster, tileVector and imageVector.

So my first question is, is ol.source.ServerVector deprecated? Should I use plain ol.source.Vector instead to fetch WFS features from my GeoServer service?

When I search "WFS" on the OL examples I get only one example that uses ol.source.Vector to get WFS from GeoServer.

My second question is about the settings.

I don't get what this does url: function(extent, resolution, projection) {, how the URL is implemented and what the strategy exactly does. Can somebody explain or provide links to tutorials?

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About your first question ol.source.ServerVector is deprecated and yes you may use ol.source.Vector instead. For you second question, you may read some info about the url here here. I use the loader function instead of url so I am not familiar to explain more about the url.

Now about the startegy. This is indicating which features to load. This could be:

  1. ol.loadingstrategy.bbox means will only load features exist within you current map MBR.
  2. ol.loadingstrategy.all means all features will be loaded in a single request
  3. ol.loadingstrategy.tile means loading features based on a tile grid.

(you may find some info for strategies here)

This is an example of a wfs layer that may give you some idea (I am using the loader function)

var vecLyr = new ol.layer.Vector({
        source: new ol.source.Vector({
          loader: function(extent, resolution, projection) {
          var urlTo = CONTEXT_ROOT + '/proxygetfeatures?targetURL='+MainApp.getGSUrl()+'/wfs?request=GetFeature' +
                encodeURIComponent('&VERSION=1.1.0&SERVICE=WFS&TYPENAME=sdo_test:LAYERNAME') +
                encodeURIComponent('&srsname=EPSG:2100&BBOX=' + extent.join(',') + ',EPSG:2100');

                url     : urlTo,
                method  : 'GET',  
                success: function(response) {
                    var res = Ext.decode(response.responseText);
                    var geojsonFormat = new ol.format.GeoJSON({
                       dataProjection : 'EPSG:2100',
                       featureProjection : 'EPSG:'+MainApp.Map.globalEpsgCode

        strategy: ol.loadingstrategy.bbox
        minResolution   : getResolutionFromScale(100,'min'),
        maxResolution   : getResolutionFromScale(30000,'max'),
        visible         : false,
        style           : Layers.Styler.ParseJsonSldToOlStyle(wfsSldDocs[0])
  • I guess loader and url do the same job, but url has less options, just loads the data without leaving any room for manipulating them first. Nice answer
    – slevin
    Oct 16, 2015 at 16:39
  • Wait. What is Ext.Ajax.? Why dont you just do $.ajax(url, {type: 'GET'}).done(....).fail(....); Thanks
    – slevin
    Oct 16, 2015 at 16:48
  • 1
    I am just using extjs and not jquery. (its a piece of code on a project I am working on).don't bother use $.ajax
    – pavlos
    Oct 16, 2015 at 18:12
  • Οκ φίλε. (Hope I got it, I guess you are Greek, I am too) Thanks for the help
    – slevin
    Oct 16, 2015 at 18:24
  • greeks are everywhere. :))))).Try it but If you want a sample with jquery aks me.
    – pavlos
    Oct 16, 2015 at 18:26

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