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PostGIS in Action: (ed. #1) Chapter 1 - What is a spatial database?

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  • Spatial database in problem solving
  • Geometry data types
  • Modeling with spatial in mind
  • Why PostGIS/PostgreSQL for spatial database
  • Loading and querying spatial data

This chapter covers the fundamentals of spatial databases and what you can do with a spatially enabled database that you can't do with a standard relational database. It concludes with a fast-paced example of loading fast food restaurant longitude latitude data and converting them to geometric points, loading roads data from ESRI shapefiles and doing spatial summaries by joining these two sets of data.

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