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New Books – How do I do that in PostGIS, How do I do that in Manifold SQL

I have two new books out – How do I do that in PostGISand How do I do that in Manifold SQL.  

From the back cover of How do I do that in PostGIS:

For those who are unsure if SQL is a sufficient language for performing GIS tasks, this book is for you. This guide follows the topic headings from the book How do I do that in ArcGIS/Manifold, as a way to illustrate the capabilities of the PostGIS SQL engine for accomplishing classic GIS tasks. With this book as a resource, users will be able to perform many classic GIS functions using nothing but SQL.



Some of you remember the book How do I do that in ArcGIS/Manifold that I wrote in 2004.  That book really took off, with tens of thousands of downloads.  So, as part of the How do I do that series, I wrote these books.  Both books are short and to the point (40 pages),  inexpensive (introductory price of $14.99)

, and will come with a dump of a PostGRES and Manifold .map database that you can use to try out all of the code.

I was really impressed with just how many of the tasks defined in the original How do I do that in ArcGIS/Manifold could be accomplished using just using SQL.

The nice thing about these books is that since they follow the tasks outlined in How do I do that in ArcGIS/Manifold, they cover a fairly comprehensive set of GIS tasks.  So, I think this will be a great reference manual for you as you make use of SQL for performing GIS.  In fact, I found that as I was writing the book, I began referring back to it to help me better understand how to write the queries – so, I guess you could say that I was my first satisfied customer!

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