Geographic information systems (GIS) use a complex mix of cartography, statistical analysis, and database technology to provide everything from web-based interfaces, such as Bing Maps and Google Maps, to tracking applications for delivery services. With GIS Succinctly, author Peter Shaw guides you through it all, starting with a detailed examination of the data and processes that constitute the internals of a GIS. He surveys a selection of commercial and open-source software packages, detailing the strengths and weaknesses of each so you can choose one that suits your own GIS development. Shaw even provides instructions for setting up a spatially enabled database and creating a complete .NET GIS application. Complete with downloadable code samples, GIS Succinctly is the one resource you need to map your world.
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Table of Contents
So, what exactly is a GIS?
A Breakdown of the Components
Coordinate and Spatial Location Systems
GIS Desktop Software
Loading Data into Your Database
Creating a Spatial Database
Loading Points Using QGIS
Loading Boundary Polygons Using GeoKettle
Previewing the Data
Creating and Retrieving Geometry
Creating a GIS application in .NET
Creating Our Own SharpMap Solution
Adding the Code