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?