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Geotools focuses on being a Java code librar=
y, not an application. The library provides methods to manipulate geospatia=
l data. While the library facilitates the creation of maps, by default, Geo=
tools provides almost no Graphical User Interface (GUI) functionality since=
the library can be used for servers on the World Wide Web, as in Geos=
erver, or for desktop applications, for example UDig. The LGPL license is flexible enough for Geotools to be used to create both open source and commercial applicat=
This page, and the sections below, attempt to provide documentation for new= users. Unfortunately, this older documentation is a mess, mixing code exam= ples from various different releases. The Geotools team is working on a Use= rs' Manual which will present things more systematically.
GeoTools code is built using the latest Java tools and environments (1.4= .2) and will continue to leverage the capabilities of future Java environme= nts and official extensions when the technologies have been through the fir= st maintenance cycle (i.e. version 5.x.1).
The user guide is a work in progress which will be the primary documenta= tion going forward.
The Example application used for the FOSS4G Presentation provides a quic= k overview of the library and includes source code:
Please note that much of our documentation is targeted towards GeoTools = 2.0 and Geotools2.1, we would love some help updating these examples.