Would be taking up a course on spatial databases next semester.

Would anybody know a newbie friendly introductory resource?

A vendor neutral one would be preferable.

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    What is the audience? Developers? First year students in GIS? Commented May 29, 2011 at 17:03
  • I am a geomatics engineering student. Specializing in geoinformatics. We develop applications too but we focus mostly on theory right now. At least that's what I was led to believe.
    – R.K.
    Commented May 29, 2011 at 17:20

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take a look at http://www.bostongis.org they have great "An almost idiot guide ..." for
Microsoft SQL Server spatial and

that is really a great start.

  • Thanks, I was thinking more along spatial database theories but those are good resources. :)
    – R.K.
    Commented May 29, 2011 at 14:01
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    I liked PostGIS in Action but I'm accepting this as it fits my needs. Do keep the answers coming people :)
    – R.K.
    Commented May 30, 2011 at 7:31

I strongly recommend the book "PostGIS in Action" by Regina Obe and Leo Hsu.

They are the same people who run the Boston GIS site mentioned above.

The book goes into a lot of detail about PostGIS but the concepts transfer well to other platforms.


Beginning Spatial with SQL Server 2008 would definitely be helpful even though it is specific to SQL Server. For now at least, SQL Server seems to be one of the better platforms for leaning about spatial SQL operations.

SQL Server Express is free and will give you full access to the same spatial capabilities you would get with the Enterprise version.

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    I can say the same about PostgreSQL, with the only difference that there is no difference between free and Enterprise version, this because PostgreSQL if free (gratis), if free (Open Source) and at the same time is Enterprise.
    – gioman
    Commented May 29, 2011 at 15:46

For Spatialite, the best resource is the official doc. The main developers are maintaining a great cookbook and it's oriented general spatial database too. It's really good material for beginners.


See also OSGeo's Searchable Database of Educational Material for courseware: http://www.osgeo.org/educational_content

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