PostGIS in Action
Regina O. Obe and Leo S. Hsu
Foreword by Paul Ramsey
  • April 2011
  • ISBN 9781935182269
  • 520 pages

From the forward: A concise guide that's truly one of a kind.

Paul Ramsey, Chair, PostGIS Steering Committee

PostGIS in Action teaches readers of all levels to write spatial queries that solve real-world problems. It first gives you a background in vector-based GIS and then quickly moves into analyzing, viewing, and mapping data. You'll learn how to optimize queries for maximum speed, simplify geometries for greater efficiency, and create custom functions for your own applications. The book covers PostgreSQL 8.4, 9.0, and 9.1 features and shows you how to integrate with other GIS tools.

About the Technology

PostGIS is an open source spatial database extender for PostgreSQL. It equals or surpasses proprietary alternatives, allowing you to create location-aware queries with just a few lines of SQL code, and provides a back-end for mapping applications with minimal effort.

What's inside

  • An introduction to spatial databases
  • Geometry types, functions, and queries
  • Applying PostGIS to real-world problems
  • Extending PostGIS to web and desktop applications

About the reader

Familiarity with relational database concepts is helpful but not required.

About the authors

Regina Obe and Leo Hsu are database consultants. Regina is a member of the PostGIS core development team and the Project Steering Committee. They are hosts of BostonGIS.com and PostgresOnLine.com.


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