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Annual Report 2010
Annual Report 2010
- Four stable releases of GeoTools 2.6 and six development releases of=
GeoTools 2.7 with a beta finished up at the end of the year.
Lots of great new features:
- in the referencing area: support for Mollweide, EckertIV, Winkel Tri=
pel, Policonic, better generation of prj files with ESRI naming, EPSG datab=
ase updates, concurrency improvements - thanks Andrea
- in the database area: SQL Driven Views, Teradata store, Spatialite s=
tore, updates to support recent versions of PostGIS - Thanks Andrea, Jesse =
- in the rendering area: symbology encoding 1.1 data structure now sup=
ported, dash array support for graphic strokes and stability improvements o=
ver simple lines, fast polygon clipping, transforming data on the fly durin=
g rendering, injecting environment variables in style sheets, new options a=
nd assorted improvements for the labeling engine, light multithreding in re=
ndering and a set of other speedups - Thanks Andrea, Michael and Justin
- in the raster data area: mosaic improvements to support heterogeneou=
s mosaics, time and elevation, raster reprojection speedups, external overv=
iews for GeoTIFF data, performance improvements, ability to extract very la=
rge portions of a mosaic at native resolution without incurring in OOM - th=
anks Andrea, Daniele, Michael and Simone
- application schema support (complex features) graduated to supported=
status along with a number of fixes and improvements, both functionality a=
nd performance wise
- A great showing at FOSS4G with many presentations based on GeoTools =
powered software; and a "Geospatial for Java" workshop - thanks J=
ody and Justin
- A large effort on improving documentation and introductory tutorials=
- thanks Michael and Jody
Areas for Improvement
- The use of the CodeHaus wiki for user docs has tapered off due to re=
strictive controls designed to combat spam. This has left us in a no-mans-l=
and where current documentation is not available.
- We have done a poor job of involving "downstream" projects=
dependent on GeoTools. Noticeable is the delay in 52N upgrading to a moder=
n version of the library, and in the balance of active developers drawing f=
rom early adopters.
Opportunities to Help
The GeoTools community would like to thank contributors that provided pa=
rches, our users for their feedback and the companies providing sponsorship=
to fix bugs and add new features. Thanks to our development team for makin=
g this a great year. If you would like to join any of the above activities =
stop by our email list - you are welcome to take part.
A few specific call outs:
- Does your project use GeoTools? Please get involved, we would like t=
o get your voice involved in the future direction of the library.
- This year we are looking for editors, sensible questions and ideas f=
or the GeoTools user guide.
- As always patches make open source great, please contribute in code!=
Outlook for 2011
GeoTools is shaping up for an excellent year in 2011, you can get a snea=
k peak by viewing the change proposals already underway.
- The GeoTools 2.7 release mentioned above has now been released
- The app-schema work is scheduled to be completed - thanks to AuScope=
for this fascinating work
- We have a couple of great ideas scheduled to land this year.
- We are "re-versioning" so the next major release of Geo=
Tools will be 8.0 (and based on Java 6)
- We also have a lot of work going into Web Feature Service 2.0 sup=
port; with all the new capabilities that implies for Filter, Data Access, J=
oins, Temporal support and more!
- Access to the latest GDAL (without patches) thanks to ImageIO-Ext=
- The big news is the porting of our user guide to Sphinx - weighing i=
n at over 100,000 words with diagrams and "live" code examples