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GIS Tutorial 3: Advanced Workbook

GIS Tutorial 3: Advanced Workbook features exercises that demonstrate the advanced functionality of the ArcEditor and ArcInfo licenses of ArcGIS Desktop. This workbook is divided into four sections: geodatabase framework design, data creation and management, workflow optimization, and labeling and symbolizing. A fully functioning 180-day trial DVD of ArcEditor 10 software and a DVD containing data used in the tutorial exercises are included. GIS Tutorial 3 was designed to be used for advanced coursework or individual study. 

Series: GIS Tutorial

Paperback: 412 pages

Publisher: Esri Press; Pap/Cdr/Dv edition (September 15, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1589482077

ISBN-13: 978-1589482074

Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.1 x 10.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Geodatabases are something I’ve frequently encountered in my GIS work, but prior to working through this book I had little experience with them. I didn’t understand their purpose or why using one was better than working with individual shapefiles, and for whatever reason even my GIS classes in grad school didn’t emphasize them. The Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop book for version 9.3 was very useful in my introductory GIS course, so I went looking for something similar that dealt with more “advanced” topics.Well lo and behold, ESRI Press came out with just such a book back in 2011 for the release of version 10. GIS Tutorial 3 deals almost exclusively with geodatabases, and it uses the same step-by-step format that I originally learned the basics with. I won’t go into details about what’s covered – lets you view the table of contents and whatnot for free – but some of what I learned here I was able to immediately apply at work. It turns out I actually enjoy importing feature classes into geodatabases and lining up fields…hmmm…For the most part the tutorials and exercises work out as intended, and the review questions at the end of each exercise are pertinent and thoughtful. The only issues I have with the book are minor. Chapter 6 begins with how to customize a toolbar, which is something that would make more sense at the beginning of the book (assuming it’s included at all). That’s followed in section 6-2 by a Python script tutorial, but don’t expect to learn scripting from it. There are entire books on scripting, so if you want to learn it check one of those out (not to mention I couldn’t get Exercise 6-2 to work). Given that Chapter 5 covers geodatabase topology and 7 covers ModelBuilder, 6 feels like a random afterthought.

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