[GRASSLIST:6660] Re: Advice for a GRASS newbie
neteler at itc.it
Thu Apr 28 03:12:13 EDT 2005
On Wed, Apr 27, 2005 at 04:17:42PM -0700, Paul A. Levine wrote:
> Hello all,
> Apologies in advance if this list is not the right place for these kind
> of questions, but I wanted to get the opinion of real-world GRASS
> users, so I figure there is no better place than here.
> I am a new GRASS user who is attempting to learn the program so I can
> use it for my master's thesis in hydrology. I purchased the second
> edition of "Open Source GIS: A GRASS GIS Approach " by M. Neteler and
> H. Mitasova, which was recommended to me as THE definitive
> GRASS-learning guide.
> Unfortunately, the book was written for GRASS 5.3, and very early on in
> one of the tutorials, I came across a command that has become obsolete
> in GRASS 6 (the d.sites command, directed on page 30 of the book, which
> I now understand has been replaced by new functionality of d.vect).
Yes, some commands have become obsolete, but not the entire book :-)
> OK, so that's a good learning experience about how software changes. Then,
> a few pages later, I came across another obsolete command that was a
> little harder to get updated info on. At this point, having to figure
> out what commands are obsolete is slowing down my progress through the
> book. Furthermore, it seems like all of the GRASS 6 tutorials that are
> out there assume some familiarity with GRASS in general that I am
You are lokoing for this page:
-> See also the 'Old GRASS modules porting status to 6.0'
I am currently preparing a table mentioning the relevant changes
needed to use the book for GRASS 6. Work in progress...
> So, my question is this: Which of the following strategies would the
> users on this list recommend?
> a) installing GRASS 5.3, going through the Neteler and Mitasova book,
> coming out of it knowing GRASS 5.3, then making the switch to GRASS 6.0
> when I have some chops with 5.3
> b) continuing what I am doing right now, which is going through the
> book and learning the changes as I go (and assuming that any time GRASS
> says "command not found" that it's another example of something that
> changed in the 6.0 update)
If you like, we can offlist communicate for finish the upcoming
table (your comments are most welcome). Then, in a couple of
days I will publish the table here:
> c) finding an altogether different resource for learning GRASS 6.0 and
> ditch the book (this is the least desirable option, especially because
> the book was not cheap, so I would like to get some use out of it)
We'll help you!
Markus Neteler <neteler itc it> http://mpa.itc.it
ITC-irst - Centro per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica
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