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Alastair Aitchison has more than eight years of experience as a management information consultant, specializing in the design and deployment of online reporting systems. For the last three years, he has been employed as a reporting and analysis manager at Aviva, the world's fifth largest insurance group. In this role, he has championed the use of spatial data in corporate applications including the geographic analysis of risk patterns, plotting the success of regional marketing campaigns, and understanding the impact of major weather incidents. Alastair is a Microsoft Office Specialist Master Instructor and has delivered numerous training courses to individuals and small groups on a range of software packages.

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Excellent Book, great investment 17 July 2013
By Ricky Brundritt - Published on
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I read Alastair's first book on this topic Beginning Spatial with SQL Server 2008 several times and was really looking forward to reading this new book. It didn't disappoint. Lots of great information contained in here which you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else. A great investment for anyone interested in working with Geography or Geometry types in SQL.
Superb GIS Book 30 Jun. 2013
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This book begins with a nice background on issues surrounding spatial - projections, ellipsoid, spheroid and geoid concepts that are necessary to move on and use the technology correctly. It's about the perfect level of depth of explanation without delaying getting to SQL Server 2012 implementation.
The book then moves into data types. By chapter 4 you're into practical application along with continued explanation. Expect a dense, lengthy read. The graphics are used appropriately - sparingly and to augment the topics being explained. The examples and exercises are helpful and rich.

The breadth of application that this book covers is really impressive. It's a great read for developers and BI folks. Route finding, clustering analysis, shapefiles, spatial indexing, custom assemblies, Bing Maps API, SSRS. The writing style brings this all to you clearly and concisely, which makes it a pleasure to get through so much content and ensures that you have a better chance of retaining it all.

Very impressive book and highly recommended to anyone from novice to experienced spatial analyst/developer.
Great book for GIS and Computer Science 28 April 2014
By Ana - Published on
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This book is great. The author describes topics in clear and understandable fashion. This book is very good for GIS/Computer Science practitioners (who are interested in spatial databases). Management of spatial data in RDBMS is an advanced topic in DBMS and this book greatly explains many important topics on spatial databases (in MS SQL Server 2012 which itself is one of the best commercial DBMSs).
Four Stars 21 Sept. 2014
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good book - recommend 27 Jan. 2013
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Good content with plenty of examples. I have the Kindle version. Only gripe is that the kindle version could do with index.
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