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Beginning Spatial with SQL Server 2008by Alastair Aitchison
Synopses & Reviews
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 introduces new geography and geometry spatial datatypes that enable the storage of structured data describing the shape and position of objects in space. This is an interesting and exciting new feature, with many potentially useful applications.
Beginning Spatial with SQL Server 2008 covers everything you need to know to begin using these new spatial datatypes, and explains how to apply them in practical situations involving the spatial relationships of people, places, and things on the earth.All of the spatial concepts introduced are explained from the ground up, so you need not have any previous knowledge of working with spatial data. Every section is illustrated with code examples that you can use directly in SQL Server. All of the topics covered in this book apply to all versions of SQL Server 2008, including the freely available SQL Server 2008 Express. What you?ll learn Understand the fundamental concepts involved in working with spatial data, including spatial references and coordinate systems.Apply these concepts in the collection and storage of spatial data in SQL Server 2008, using the new geometry and geography field types.Create different types of spatial data objects?points, lines, and polygons?and use these to describe real?world objects.Learn how to analyze spatial data using a range of supported methods, and be aware of a number of different practical applications for these methods.Be shown how to integrate SQL Server with other tools, such as Microsoft Virtual Earth, to display a visual representation of spatial data.Know how to ensure the performance of spatially enabled databases by creating appropriate spatial indexes. Who this book is for
SQL Server developers who wish to use spatial data in Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
Book News Annotation:
Focusing on "out of the box" business applications, a UK management information consultant introduces Microsoft SQL Server 2008 as database management software that does not require use of dedicated geographical information systems (GIS) for working with spatial data. After reviewing the basic principles of working with such data, Aitchison explains how to create data objects; add, present, and analyze spatial data in SQL Server 2008; display the data on Web applications using Virtual Earth and Google Maps; and visualize query results in the companion SQL Service Management Studio tool. Information is provided on downloading code examples from the publisher's website, and obtaining the supplementary software featured and an eBook version at nominal cost. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Beginning Spatial with SQL Server 2008 is one of the first books, if not the first, to show readers how to apply the new features in SQL Server 2008 for working with location-based, or spatial data. Location-based data is increasingly important in todaya (TM)s world, and is used for such diverse applications as finding the nearest Starbucks online to tracking timber stands in national forests. Microsofta (TM)s addition of a spatial feature set to SQL Server is evidence of how important location-based data is becoming in our world. This is the book readers need to take full-advantage of Microsofta (TM)s offering.
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