Python Geospatial Development - Second Edition

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Learn
  • Access, manipulate and display geospatial data from within your Python programs
  • Master the core geospatial concepts of location, distance, units, projections and datums
  • Read and write geospatial data in both vector and raster format
  • Perform complex, real-world geospatial calculations using Python
  • Store and access geospatial information in a database
  • Use points, lines and polygons within your Python programs
  • Use Python-based tools for converting geospatial data into good looking maps
  • Build complete web-based mapping applications using Python
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Geospatial development links your data to places on the Earth’s surface. Writing geospatial programs involves tasks such as grouping data by location, storing and analyzing large amounts of spatial information, performing complex geospatial calculations, and drawing colorful interactive maps. In order to do this well, you’ll need appropriate tools and techniques, as well as a thorough understanding of geospatial concepts such as map projections, datums and coordinate systems.

Python Geospatial Development - Second Edition teaches you everything you need to know about writing geospatial applications using Python. No prior knowledge of geospatial concepts, tools or techniques is required. The book guides you through the process of installing and using various toolkits, obtaining geospatial data for use in your programs, and building complete and sophisticated geospatial applications in Python.

Python Geospatial Development teaches you everything you need to know about writing geospatial applications using Python. No prior knowledge of geospatial concepts, tools or techniques is required. The book guides you through the process of installing and using various toolkits, obtaining geospatial data for use in your programs, and building complete and sophisticated geospatial applications in Python.

This book provides an overview of the major geospatial concepts, data sources and toolkits. It teaches you how to store and access spatial data using Python, how to perform a range of spatial calculations, and how to store spatial data in a database. Because maps are such an important aspect of geospatial programming, the book teaches you how to build your own “slippy map” interface within a web application, and finishes with the detailed construction of a geospatial data editor using Geodjango.

Whether you want to write quick utilities to solve spatial problems, or develop sophisticated web applications based around maps and geospatial data, this book includes everything you need to know.

Features
  • Build your own complete and sophisticated mapping applications in Python.
  • Walks you through the process of building your own online system for viewing and editing geospatial data
  • Practical, hands-on tutorial that teaches you all about geospatial development in Python
Page Count 508
Course Length 15 hours 14 minutes
ISBN 9781782161523
Date Of Publication 23 May 2013

Authors

Erik Westra

Erik Westra has been a professional software developer for over 25 years, and has worked almost exclusively in Python for the past decade. Erik’s early interest in Graphical User Interface design led to the development of one of the most advanced urgent courier dispatch systems used by messenger and courier companies worldwide. In recent years, Erik has been involved in the design and implementation of systems matching seekers with providers of goods and services across a range of geographical areas, as well as real-time messaging, payment, and identity systems. This work has included the creation of real-time geocoders and map-based views of constantly changing data. Erik is based in New Zealand, and works for companies worldwide. Erik is the author of the following Packt books: Python Geospatial Development (third edition), Python Geospatial Analysis, Building Mapping Applications with QGIS, and Modular Programming with Python. Erik has also authored the video course entitled Introduction to QGIS Python Programming.