Interactive map website: FOSS possible?

Hi folks,
I am trying to develop an interactive map website. I am aiming for an OSM based tile layer where I can add and adapt objects based on real time movement data. The real time movement data need to be loaded from a mySQL database.

To reach this goal I tried many technologies but nothing is satisfying or brings me to my target so far.

1: I made good experience with an OSM based map using Open Layers written in javascript. However, I need npm (node package manager) to build the map. This way I do not know yet how to interact with my PHP scripts for database connection. Additionaly, npm uses node.js and is a subsidiary of GitHub what is again a subsidiary of Microsoft. I do not like this taste very much.

2: I made a short test using the leaflet js library. However, it also looks like being close to Google and Microsoft and I have not enough experience to know if and how I interact with databases.

3: I have the feeling I could reach my target using node.js only but do not know yet the consequences for the front and back end.

That said, do you guys have experience with those technologies or can recommend alternatives? How do you think about those technologies from the L/FOSS perspective?


I briefly looked at Leaflet a number of years ago. I don’t know about the affiliations of the Leaflet project, but I didn’t get the impression that it was close with Google or Microsoft. It would be interesting to know why you thought that.

I would think that you can interact with databases via URLs for a service that exposes the database in some way, but that’s just how I would imagine trying to integrate it.

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