Create sophisticated mapping applications from scratch using Packt's new Python book

January 2011 | Open Source

Python Geospatial Development is a new book from Packt that will help readers build a proper mapping application from scratch using Python tools for GIS development. Written by veteran Python developer Erik Westra, the book is a practical tutorial with plenty of step-by-step instructions to develop effective mapping applications.

Python is a dynamic programming language which is completely enterprise ready, owing largely to the variety of support modules that are available to extend its capabilities. Python is also usable as an extension language for application written in other languages that need easy-to-use scripting or automation interfaces.

Python Geospatial Development introduces GIS at the basic level with a clear, detailed walkthrough of the key GIS concepts such as location, distance, units, projections, datums, and GIS data formats. It will familiarize readers with the Python tools required for geo-spatial development such as Mapnik and how to use it to generate maps. Readers will also be able to build a sophisticated web-based geo-spatial map-editing application using GeoDjango, and PostGIS.0

Readers can expect a detailed explanation of the process of accessing, manipulating, and displaying geo-spatial data and also some of the major data formats that are likely to crop up when working with geo-spatial data. Developers will learn to represent, transfer, and store geo-spatial data using the Well-Known Text (WKT) format and solve complex, real-world geo-spatial problems in their applications using spatial databases: MySQL, PostGIS, and SpatialLite. The book also focuses on recent trends of Geo-Spatial development and towards the end of the book readers will be able to integrate spatial features into their applications and build a complete mapping application from scratch.

This practical, tutorial styled book is useful for Python developers who want to get up to speed with Open Source GIS in order to build GIS applications or integrate Geo-Spatial features into their applications. The book assumes basic knowledge of Python; however, no knowledge of Open Source GIS is required. To read more about the book please visit: https://www.packtpub.com/python-geospatial-development/book.


Python Geospatial Development
 Build a complete and sophisticated mapping application from scratch using Python tools for GIS development

For more information, please visit: https://www.packtpub.com/python-geospatial-development/book

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