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PostGIS in Action, Second Edition

EARLY ACCESS EDITION

Regina O. Obe and Leo S. Hsu

MEAP Began: January 2013
Softbound print: January 2015 (est.) | 625 pages
ISBN: 9781617291395

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Table of Contents, MEAP Chapters & Resources

Table of Contents         Resources 
PART 1: INTRODUCTION TO POSTGIS
  1 What is a spatial database? - FREE
  2 Spatial Types - AVAILABLE
  3 Spatial reference system considerations - AVAILABLE
  4 Working with real data - AVAILABLE
  5 Using PostGIS in a desktop environment - AVAILABLE
  6 Geometry and Geography Functions - AVAILABLE
  7 Raster Functions - AVAILABLE
  8 Geocoding and Reverse Geocoding with TIGER Geocoder - AVAILABLE
  9 Relating two or more spatial objects - AVAILABLE

PART 2: PUTTING POSTGIS TO WORK
10 Proximity analysis - AVAILABLE
11 Vector processing - AVAILABLE
12 Raster Processing - AVAILABLE
13 Building and Using Topologies - AVAILABLE
14 Organizing spatial data - AVAILABLE
15 Query performance Tuning - AVAILABLE

PART 3: USING POSTGIS WITH OTHER TOOLS
16 Extending PostGIS with add-ons - AVAILABLE
17 Using PostGIS in web applications - AVAILABLE

APPENDIXES
  A: Additional Resources - AVAILABLE
  B: Installing, Compiling, and Upgrading - AVAILABLE
  C: SQL primer - AVAILABLE
  D: PostgreSQL Features - AVAILABLE

DESCRIPTION

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, raster analysis, and routing applications with minimal effort.

PostGIS in Action, Second Edition teaches readers of all levels to write spatial queries that solve real-world problems. It first gives you a background in vector, raster and topology 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, analyze rasters, vectorize rasters, better manage data utilizing topologies, and create custom functions for your own applications. The book covers PostGIS 2.0 and 2.1 series, PostgreSQL 9.1, 9.2, and 9.3 features and shows you how to integrate with other GIS tools.

WHAT'S INSIDE

Familiarity with relational database concepts is helpful but not required.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Regina Obe and Leo Hsu are database consultants. They are co-authors of the O'Reilly book, PostgreSQL: Up and Running. Regina is a member of the PostGIS core development team and the Project Steering Committee. They are hosts of BostonGIS.com and PostgresOnLine.com.

ABOUT THE EARLY ACCESS VERSION

This Early Access version of PostGIS in Action, Second Edition enables you to receive new chapters as they are being written. You can also interact with the authors to ask questions, provide feedback and errata, and help shape the final manuscript on the Author Online forum.

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