What is CARTO?
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What tools integrate with CARTO?
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.
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.
Renders the full page map, using the area components provided as GeoJSON objects via the RDS PostGIS instance.