This book serves as an introduction to UMN MapServer. Despite the title, MapServer is not a true GIS package. However, it is a powerful map server package with some query abilities. It is a popular choice for web developers who wish to develop their map application without having to rely on a third party server such as Google Maps or Virtual Earth.
The book covers everything from installation and simple map files through to more advanced features, databases, and queries. It will be a useful complement to the various online resources, and invaluable for a newcomer to MapServer. [...]