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. This second edition 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.
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About the Book
Processing data tied to location and topology requires specialized know-how. PostGIS is a free spatial database extender for PostgreSQL, every bit as good as proprietary software. With it, you can easily create location-aware queries in just a few lines of SQL code and build the back end for a mapping, raster analysis, or routing application with minimal effort.
PostGIS in Action, Second Edition teaches you to solve real-world geodata 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, and create custom functions for your own applications. You'll also learn how to apply your existing GIS knowledge to PostGIS and integrate with other GIS tools.
Familiarity with relational database and GIS concepts is helpful but not required.
An introduction to spatial databases
Geometry, geography, raster, and topology spatial types, functions, and queries
Applying PostGIS to real-world problems
Extending PostGIS to web and desktop applications
Updated for PostGIS 2.x and PostgreSQL 9.x
About the Authors
Regina Obe and Leo Hsu are database consultants and authors. Regina is a member of the PostGIS core development team and the Project Steering Committee.
Table of Contents
PART 1 INTRODUCTION TO POSTGIS
What is a spatial database?
Spatial data types
Spatial reference system considerations
Working with real data
Using PostGIS on the desktop
Geometry and geography functions
PostGIS TIGER geocoder
PART 2 PUTTING POSTGIS TO WORK
Geometry and geography processing
Building and using topologies
Organizing spatial data
Query performance tuning
PART 3 USING POSTGIS WITH OTHER TOOLS
Extending PostGIS with pgRouting and procedural languages
Regina Obe is a co-principal of Paragon Corporation, a database consulting company based in Boston. She has over 15 years of professional experience in various programming languages and database systems, with special focus on spatial databases. She is a member of the PostGIS steering committee and the PostGIS core development team. Regina holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She co-authored PostGIS in Action.
Leo Hsu is a co-principal of Paragon Corporation, a database consulting company based in Boston. He has over 15 years of professional experience developing and thinking about databases for organizations large and small. Leo holds an MS degree in engineering of economic systems from Stanford University and BS degrees in mechanical engineering and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He co-authored PostGIS in Action.