Book Review: Python Geospatial Development

“Python Geospatial Development” by Erik Westra provides a good introduction to geospatial development with Python. Python is ideal for “swiss army knife” geospatial operations, but the book concentrates on the development of applications including geospatial databases and Django-based geospatial web applications.

Book Review: PostGIS in Action

PostGIS in Action by Regina O.Obe and Leo S. Hsu, provides a good introduction and reference to the PostGIS extensions to the popular Postgres database. It is recommended for anyone intending to use PostGIS. Although the book includes a primer and introductory coverage of SQL and Postgres, someone with limited experience in these areas will ...

Book Review: OpenStreetMap: Using and Enhancing the Free Map of the World

OpenStreetMap: Using and Enhancing the Free Map of the World by Frederik Ramm, Jochen Topf, and Steve Chilton is a good introduction and overview of the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project. Unlike most OpenStreetMap overviews, this book goes into a useful amount of detail covering subjects such as the data model, how to edit the maps, and ...

Book Review: Beginning Spatial with SQL Server 2008

“Beginning Spatial with SQL Server 2008” by Alastair Aitchison is a good introduction to the geospatial features introduced in SQL Server 2008. It is primarily aimed at developers who have SQL Server experience but with limited or no geospatial experience. It is recommended for such developers who wish to build a geospatial database, or to ...

Book Review: Map Scripting 101

“Map Scripting 101” by Adam Duvander is comprehensive introduction to web mapping that relies on the Mapstraction open source library. The book covers a number of basic Mapstraction map operations, and then builds up other related operations, including the Haversine formula, related web services, and server-side databases. The book is recommended for beginners to web ...

Book Review: The World of Gerard Mercator

“The World of Gerard Mercator” by Andrew Taylor is an excellent biography of Gerard Mercator – someone who we have all heard of, but generally know very little. Taylor does a good job of putting him into both a historic and a cartographic context, and does his best to explain Mercator with the relatively limited ...

Book Review: Google Maps Mashups with Google Mapplets

Google Maps Mashups with Google Mapplets, Michael Young, Appress 2008 This short book is an introduction to creating Google Mapplets – small web gadgets that are hosted by Google and use Google Maps. As well as introducing mapplets, the book builds a mashup application that uses scripts hosted on a separate website to poll and ...

Book Review: GIS for Web Developers

GIS for Web Developers, Scott Davis, Pragmatic Programmers LLC 2007 As the name suggests, this book is intended as an introduction to online geospatial mapping for web developers. This target audience has a mix of expertise, and Davis does a good job of keeping the correct balance. No assumptions are made regarding the readers’ knowledge ...

Book Review: Beginning MapServer Open Source GIS Development

Beginning MapServer Open Source GIS Development, by Bill Kropla; publ. Apress 2005 This book serves as an introduction to UMN MapServer. Despite the title, MapServer is not a true GIS package. However, it is a powerful map server package with some query abilities. It is a popular choice for web developers who wish to develop ...

Book Review: GML Geography Mark-Up Language

GML Geography Mark-Up Language: Foundation for the Geo-Web, by Ron Lake, David S. Burggraf, Milan Trninic, Laurie Rae; publ. by Wiley With a chief writer who was responsible for much of the GML standard, this book is an indispensible reference for those who wish to create their own GML application schema, or wish to have ...