Building blocks presentation


In this section, you will use the basic ZOO-Services : Buffer, Intersection and Difference which use OGR and psycopg Python modules by using a User Interface using the ZOO-Client to invoke WPS requests. The intended goal of this section is to present and interact with your new building blocks before chaining them in the next section.

As seen earlier, once you have setup the ZOO-Project, you have multiple demonstration UI available from http://localhost.

Services Provider and configuration files

First you may verify if the ZOO-Services are available from your current setup. You can take a look at the Buffer.zcfg, Intersection.zcfg and Difference.zcfg to get details about parameters. As you can see from the ZCFG files, you will use ZOO-Services provided by the ogr_service.zo C service provider. So if you want to modify the Python code you will have to edit the corresponding file (so You are invited to use similar requests as the one used in previous sections to learn about each services individually.

The Buffer Service

First click on a street then once the street is displayed in blue, click the ‘Buffer’ button on top, you should get similar result as displayed in the following.


The Intersection Service

Using the same client interface as before, once you get a Buffer, you can then select a street intersecting the Buffer geometry to compute intersection by clicking on the Intersection button.


The Difference Service

Using the same instructions as for Intersetion, you can get the following result.


Buffer service ZCFG tweeks

You will edit the file: /usr/lib/cgi-bin/Buffer.zcfg and add the block below in the Result from the DataOutputs block.

 mimeType = image/png
 useMapServer = true
 extension = json

The mimeType is defined as image/png and there is a new optional parameter: useMapServer. It makes you able to inform the ZOO-Kernel that it has to use MapServer to publish the result the service returned as WMS / WFS or WCS (this last won’t be used in this workshop) rather than simply storing the result as a file, in case you ask it to do so, using @Reference=true for output.

Note that you also can define msStyle which let you define your own MapServer STYLE block definition.

When you need to access a result many time or for different purpose accross other services then it is really useful to ask ZOO-Kernel to publish your result as WMS, WFS or WCS.

Note that no modification of the code of the Buffer service was required to handle automatic pubilcation of the result as it is a vector format supported by OGR, only modification of the zcfg was required.

For more informations about the MapServer support, please refer to the official ZOO-Project Documentation.


Now you know this three services, and you get a simple interface to interact with your MapServer WFS and your ZOO-Project WPS Servers, you are ready to use the Services in a different way, by chaining them using the JavaScript ZOO-API to build more complexe and powerfull services.