Ka-Map makes it to xml.com

Tyler Mitchell has done an excellent introductory job to ka-map titled “Build AJAX-Based Web Maps Using ka-Map“.

Google Maps provides some very powerful tools, but once you want to add your own data layers, or further customize your own components, it may be easier to use your own toolkits. Tools exist for creating your own AJAX-based web mapping sites and are fairly easy to use. ka-Map coupled with MapServer is a powerful combination of open source web-mapping technologies

If you think google maps is cool, id highly recommended you read this especially if you have little background in AJAX or Mapserver/Mapscript.