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What books, journals, and/or electronic resources have you found most valuable for expanding your knowledge in the GI field? To which of them you come back most often?

One item per post please, and please include a small explanation of why you think the resource is valuable.


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hey everybody, 1 book per post please. I can't upvote How to lie with maps without also upvoting GIS for web developers which is not relevant for me. Thanks – matt wilkie Jul 23 '10 at 17:36
I respectfully disagree, as I'd rather read through 30 than 100 posts – dassouki Jul 23 '10 at 19:09
@dassouki the community standard for Stack Exchange sites is to encourage one vote per answer for "List of X" style questions to avoid duplicates and make voting easier. I have to admit that I didn't do it myself on this question though. – JasonBirch Jul 31 '10 at 5:20

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These are off the top of my head.

  • HP 48GX calculator. Excellent for converting DMS to DD.
  • Least Squares Adjustment
  • Mapping Hacks
  • Oracle DBA 11g
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing; James B. Campbell
  • Fundamentals of Spatial Information Systems; Robert Laurini
  • Web Mapping Illustrated
  • Geographic Information Systems: A Management Perspective; Stan Arnoff
  • Ready to Run Visual Basic Algorithms
  • Head First Design Patterns

The Internet: like


Lining Up Data in ArcGIS is great if you want to learn about data projections.

Can anyone suggest a good book for using Spatial Data in SQL Server 2008?


I found another programmer’s book list with succinct reviews on them. Please check it out : GIS Books list


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