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Hi guys,



I’m looking for some direction. First, let me apologize because
I’m not a GIS person in the least. I’m a developer in multiple frontend languages
with mssql backend experience. I work for a company that has distribution areas
across several states. Most of the applications our managers use are all custom
web-based apps that are developed in-house.



A few weeks ago, one of the mangers came to me with a
request – they wanted to be able to enter several zip codes and have a map
display with showing those zip codes.



My first thought – was maybe it was possible to get the zip
areas in an overlay type jpg file and then mash up a graphic file and post to
the browser. That idea didn’t work out to well.



I did some digging and ran into the zcta files, shp files, and
the gis server. A lot of over whelming stuff.



So, my question to all the experts – is there a way to
achieve this – with having to install a GIS server or use Google maps?



Thank everyone!



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Hi, there are many ways to go about this, without having to install a GIS server - assuming you are not doing any processing/analysis. Why don't you want to use google maps?


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The powers that be didn't want to worry about spamming the Goggle maps site. Pretty much they wanted to keep everything in house with out access outside servers.

 

You said there were many ways to go about this - what other options are there?


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You can look into javascript toolkits such as leaflet and OpenLayers - that way you host tiled images, and everything else is javascript. No heavy processing on the server.


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That sounds like a solution I'm looking for! 

 

Thanks alot!

 

You can look into javascript toolkits such as leaflet and OpenLayers - that way you host tiled images, and everything else is javascript. No heavy processing on the server.






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