GAL Framework – Current State of the Project

Radek Bartoň, Martin Hrubý


The GAL (GIS Abstraction Layer) Framework is a component-architecture-oriented1 remote procedure call (RPC) library with implementations of GIS-related subsystems communicating using the library and a set of demonstrational and testing tools utilizing that services. It doesn’t aim to be a full-featured solution for GIS application construction but a proposal for possible incremental GRASS GIS2 modernization. This article summarizes current state of the project, it’s history, application and potential and also presents options for further advancement and areas of possible participation. Only a concern of other developers or users and the time may transform this idea into something practically usable.


design, GIS, GRASS, open source, library, dynamic language, remote procedure call


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