[postgis-users] The Old Who is using PostGIS survey again?

Sufficool, Stanley ssufficool at rov.sbcounty.gov
Wed Jan 7 09:23:24 PST 2009

I think keeping this book in line with the "For Dummies" would be the best approach. A PostGIS internals could be a separate publication for those who care about geometry engine hacking and such.

The for dummies approach would make it easier to use for presenting to management and professionals. This has been stated a few times now and I think this is the biggest seller. Many enterprises have ESRI implemented and are very leery of migrating or introducing an added complexity to their geospatial management systems.

If this book could explain the high level uses and migration and/or integration with other spatial products, this would be a big selling point for me and foster adoption into mainstream business.

As far as our use, I used it to migrate legacy VB6 and ESRI AML code to PHP5 using a custom PDF/PNG rendering script. This was to get away from VB6 and AML code and to allow any user to run maps without the licensing fees. 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: postgis-users-bounces at postgis.refractions.net 
> [mailto:postgis-users-bounces at postgis.refractions.net] On 
> Behalf Of Nahum Castro
> Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 9:03 AM
> To: PostGIS Users Discussion
> Subject: Re: [postgis-users] The Old Who is using PostGIS 
> survey again?
> --- Paragon Corporation <lr at pcorp.us> escribió:
> > Leo and I have a good portion of a PostGIS book
> > written.  Ideally we would
> > like to get a publisher to publish it, but seem to
> > be running into the same
> > obstacles.  No publisher seems to think people use
> > PostGIS to warrant enough
> > demand for a book dedicated to it.
> > 
> > So to make a decent case for a book, can each of you
> > in your own words
> > describe
> > 
> > 1) How you use PostGIS?
> * I use with mapserver an  pmapper to publish data and
> web services WFS and WMS.
> * Also use for data analisis.
> > 2) What you find useful about it over anything else?
> * It is easy to use compared with propietary tools.
> > 3) Why you think there should be any book written
> > focused on its use and of
> > course if such a thing were to exist, would you buy
> > it?
> * This book must describe internals of postgis
> programming, so others can hack it.
> * Explain how to use an under which cirncunstances.
> * How to administer in Windows (altought I use on
> Linux).
> * Perhaps this book need to be selled with a
> postgresql book adminstration so it can focus on the
> geometry operations and applications.
> Thanks.
> Nahum
> --
> Nahum Castro
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