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.

This same question was once asked at stackoverflow for programming topics, and it has been considered by some as "one of the most important question ever asked on stackoverflow". So I decided to bring this question to serve our needs here at gis.stackexchange.


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. 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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    Stackexchange sent me a complaint that this answer might be removed for being too short. A short answer can be a full answer. And, it has been fine for the last four years. The voting system should control content, not some moderator with arbitrary policies. If you take it down I will quit using the site.
    – J. Win.
    Mar 6 '15 at 14:08

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.
    – jakc
    Feb 9 '11 at 8:14

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.


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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