CARTO vs Leaflet vs OpenLayers

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What is CARTO?

The CARTO platform empowers everyone, from business analysts to data scientists, to turn location data into business outcomes. We accelerate innovation, power new use cases and disrupt business models through Location Intelligence.

What is Leaflet?

Leaflet is an open source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. It is developed by Vladimir Agafonkin of MapBox with a team of dedicated contributors. Weighing just about 30 KB of gzipped JS code, it has all the features most developers ever need for online maps.

What is OpenLayers?

An opensource javascript library to load, display and render maps from multiple sources on web pages.
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            What are some alternatives to CARTO, Leaflet, and OpenLayers?
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            Review ofOpenLayersOpenLayers

            The folks behind the maintenance of this library and their dedication to it really pay off. The wealth of comprehensive and up to date documented examples and It allows a singular developer to implement full-featured enterprise-worthy GIS solutions in a short amount of time that stand up to the product heavyweights in the GIS industry. Their ongoing integration with CesiumJS is also noteworthy, and though it takes some time to get immersed in the openlayers development process (the teams continual presence on stack overflow and github is appreciated), the truth is that the waters are shallow though they are wide. Leaflet has it's pros, but the lack of unity among the plugins is an issue for some applications, but Openlayers really does stand alone when it comes to delivering a fully-functional GIS solution application that gets out of your way when you need it to.

            Review ofCARTOCARTO

            Carto (formerly CartoDB) had strong open-source roots, and an early and active community of open-source contributors, which it nicely balanced with its business model. But about two years ago the company rebranded and essentially abandoned its open-source origins, disallowing API access, preventing map exports in non-proprietary formats, and not providing backward compatibility.

            If you're a developer, stay away from CARTO.

            How developers use CARTO, Leaflet, and OpenLayers
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            Mark Walle uses LeafletLeaflet

            Renders the full page map, using the area components provided as GeoJSON objects via the RDS PostGIS instance.

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            Massimo Floris uses OpenLayersOpenLayers

            Map interactions, and visualization

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            Sail Tactics uses LeafletLeaflet

            Mapping frontend

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            Solcast uses LeafletLeaflet

            Map displays

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