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If you could go back in time and tell yourself to read a specific book/text/guide/tutorial at the beginning of your career as a gis-developer, which book would it be?

I expect this list to be varied and to cover a wide range of things.


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This needs to be CW. –  whuber Feb 8 '11 at 18:30
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Also: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/202/… –  radek Feb 8 '11 at 20:01
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I do like How to Lie with Maps.

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It's from the same author but, being a political animal, I always preferred Bushmanders and Bullwinkles. –  Mark Ireland Feb 8 '11 at 21:16
    
This was on the first slide of the first GIS lecture I ever had. –  Roy May 18 '12 at 19:07
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GIS for Web Developers: Adding Where to Your Web Applications by Scott Davis, The Pragmatic Programmers, 2007, ISBN: 0-9745140-9-8

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I read this, and was a good read, although I need the opposite book. Web Development for GIS Analysts. –  Simon Feb 9 '11 at 8:14
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One of my old favourites is The Nature of Maps, by Robinson and Petchenik.

Older, and more academic, but I like it, and it is supposed to be a ground-breaker in its day.

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The "The Power of Maps" made me burn the candle late into the night.

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Although I have about 2 yards of cooler, more fun books related to GIS... I think "Modeling our World" by ESRI Press is a great foundation for the aspiring map geek.

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The ESRI webhelp for the dekstop version. Particularly the 'understanding' pages. It is a good balance between understanding what you can do and how to do it. As you are a developer it will help broaden your horizons beyond coding. It also teaches you a set of back room tools to prepare data for the systems you will build.

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