The phpArcIMS project intends to write a set of PHP classes that allow
any php developer to develope ArcIMS applications or integrate ArcIMS
into any existing application.
For those of you that never heard of ArcIMS: ArcIMS is an application
server from ESRI that allows users to share GIS projects and/or data
with other applications through XML. It also renderers spatial data into
maps/images which can then be accessed through a http interface, such as
your web browser.
During the summer of '01, I had to develop a prototype for a web mapping
application that heavily interacts with an Oracle database. Since I was not
able to use any of the existing clients, I
started to developed some PHP classes that allowed me to send ArcXML
requests to the ArcIMS server and parse the response for further
processing or display of the renderered maps.