I’ve been spending a lot of time over at OpenGeo’s GetSatisfaction page lately. This is a great resource and a shining example of OpenGeo’s commitment to their user community. Turnaround time for questions is quick and you often get answers directly from senior staff and developers.
I’m currently attempting to port the St. Lawrence County Open GeoPortal site over to the GeoExplorer platform. GeoExplorer, a component of OpenGeo’s OpenGeo Suite provides a much more scalable platform, which is also easier to maintain and update- however, I wanted to retain some of the advanced functionality from my existing OpenLayers/ExtJS site- specifically tax parcel search capabilities, municipal quick zooms, and an organized tree structure for the layer list. I’ve also made a few smaller tweaks, including a map loading icon, metadata tab, disclaimer popup, and some changes to the default WMS tiling and transition effects.
Here’s what I’ve got so far: http://www.opengeohost.com/slcgeoexplorer/
Since there seems to be quite a bit of interest in these mods over at the GetSatisfaction forum, I’ve decided to post some brief documentation and code snippets to help others get going with this type of GeoExplorer customization. Check back often in the coming weeks as I will be posting the hacks piecemeal when I can free up some time!