Flex Mapping Options

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It has occurred to me recently that there is actually a lot of confusion when talking about maps and adding mapping functionality to a Flex application, be it a web application or a mobile application.  When talking about mapping, it’s important to first differentiate between  straight ‘mapping’ and ‘GIS’.  As well, you also need to differentiate between mapping frameworks & apis and map data sources.  Things can get very confusing otherwise.  I’ll go through the various options I know about below and try to explain and differentiate where possible.

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