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About the Author

Stefano Iacovella

Stefano Iacovella is a long-time GIS developer and consultant living in Rome, Italy. He also works as a GIS course instructor.

He has a Ph.D in Geology. Being a very curious person, he has developed a deep knowledge of IT technologies, mainly focused on GIS Software and related standards.

Starting his career as an ESRI employee, he was exposed to and became confident with proprietary GIS Software, mainly the ESRI suite of products.

For the last 10 years, he has been involved with open source software and also the task of integrating it with commercial software. He loves the open source approach, and really trusts in the collaboration and sharing of knowledge. He strongly believes in the concept of open source, and constantly strives to spread it, and not only in the GIS sector.

He has been using GeoServer since the release of Version 1.5; configuring, deploying, and hacking it in several projects. Some of the other GFOSS projects he mainly uses and likes are GDAL/OGR libraries, PostGIS, QGIS, and OpenLayers.

When not playing with maps and geometric shapes, he loves reading about science, mainly physics and math, riding his bike, and having fun with his wife and his two daughters, Alice and Luisa.



Brian Youngblood

Brian Youngblood is a open source developer living in Montgomery, AL with more than a decade of experience developing, integrating, and managing high traffic websites.

Brian was the Online Operations Manager and Technical Lead at the Southern Poverty Law Center for over 12 years. The SPLC is a nationally recognized nonprofit, and its websites SPLCenter.org and Tolerance.org have continued to get sharp increases in visitors year-on-year, resulting in growth in its online operations with open source. The SPLC won two Webby Awards in 2002 and 2004.

Brian was also the founding partner and Chief Technology Officer for IntelliTours, a GPS-guided multimedia tour. He worked with several companies developing hardware and software including Alcorn McBride, Volkswagen, and Garmin. His work explored San Diego, Santa Cruz, Hawaii, and miles and miles of I-95 on the East Coast. Most notably, his work was featured on the cover of Entertainment Engineering magazine, Martha Stewart radio, the LA Times, and NPR.

Embracing the spirit of other open source communities such as Drupal, and a combined passion for scalable GIS solutions, led him to adopt GeoServer for rapidly changing geospatial data stores.

You can contact him at brian@brianyoungblood.com or follow him on twitter @brianyoungblood.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 33571 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (21 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AV5OXUC
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As the title says it is a beginners guide but even after having worked with GeoServer for a couple of years there are things in here that are useful. It is a shame it covers version 2.2 and 2.3.1 has recently come out but the important bits have not really changed so much as to invalidate the book.
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Very useful, helped me get up-to speed with implementing GeoServer very quickly. Highly recommended if you are new to implementing GeoServer within your organisation.
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HASH(0x96f81d68) out of 5 stars Excellent guide for start and becoming proficient with GeoServer 11 April 2013
By Paolo Corti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have enjoyed very much to read this book. I have been exposed marginally to GeoServer in the last years, but in the last few months I have been starting using it quiet extensively, so it was nice that this book just came out now.
First, the writing style of the authors is pleasant and clear, and they manage to teach you a difficult framework in a very structured and efficient way.
Most of the concepts taught in the book can be mastered also from online resources, but in my opinion the book is very well structured and it is very nice to have everything packed in a single book.
The books can be divided in two parts: an introductory part from chapter 1 to chapter 6 and a more advanced part from chapter 7 to chapter 12.
I found the first part a bit boring, maybe because I already mastered most of the concepts with the practice, but found the second more advanced part extremely interesting.
Chapter 1 gives you a gentle introduction to GIS in case you have not experience with it.
In chapter 2 there is everything you need to know to install GeoServer and all of its components.
Chapter 3 gives a tour of the administrative interface.
After an introduction to WMS and WFS in chapter 4, in the following chapter the book explain how to add your own data in some of the most common formats (shapefiles, PostGIS, GeoTiff, Oracle Spatial and MySQL spatial) and expose them as web service.
Chapter 6 is a long description on how to implement styles using the SLD OGC standard.
Then from chapter 7 it starts the challenging part of the book: here you will get the basics to create very basic viewer with JavaScript framework such OpenLayers, GoogleMap API and Leaflet.
Chapter 8 gives a gentle introduction on how to dramatically boost WMS performance using a caching solution with the GeoServer caching integrated tool: GeoWebCache.
Chapter 9 gives an overview to GeoServer REST interface: this is extremely useful if you are planning to programmatically access to GeoServer. Using REST it is possible to do almost everythin that could be done using the administrative interface, but using code in any language. The chapter is rich of sample using the curl command line utility and Python.
Chapter 10 explain GeoServe security (Users, Role and groups), while chapter 11 gives you all the tips needed to use GeoServer in production: Java configuration parameters, disabling unused services, setting of an Apache proxy, and (this is a gem in my opinion, and it has a very clear hand on) how to configure a cluster of GeoServer instances for scaling out.
Finally, in the last chapter, the authors provide some more details about WFS and WCS OGC standards.
To conclude this review: this is really an excellent book that provide a very good insight to the beginner, but also give you more advanced details to the experienced users. If you are serious about GeoServer development, this is a must have book.
HASH(0x96d517ec) out of 5 stars A great geo data server. 16 Jun. 2014
By NemoM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I work for a County government as the GIS (computer mapping) guy. Our County is very sparsely populated, so we don't have a large budget, but we still need to supply our residents with all that we can. I've been working on setting up web maps; parcels, timber sales, motorized and non-motorized trails, and land sales. A combination of Geoserver, OpenLayers, JavaScript, jQuery, and jQuery Mobile on a VPS running CentOS makes a wonderful map.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97049318) out of 5 stars not only for beginners! 2 April 2013
By Michele B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Who has had the idea of entitling this book "Beginner's guide"? This manual is much much more! Actually, besides supplying beginners with the basics of GIS and Geoserver, it can well work as an operational manual at a more specialized level. Since several years I've been working with this software (Geoserver) for job, and therefore I have matured a certain experience; in the book I found some information on Geoserver that previously I could obtain only through several researches in websites and thematic forum. I've appreciated very much the "practical" sections and the multi-choices quiz that invite the reader to think again to what he has previously read and, possibly, to read it once more.

The section on GIS basics is very important because the given notions help in understanding and fully exploiting the potential of Geoserver; I've enjoyed very much to successfully execute on an ubuntu-like system the detailed and precise procedure for installing Geoserver and all necessary software. Chapters 3, 4 and 5 gradually introduce the reader into the secrets of the management interface and to the way of accessing and loading spatial data. Also in this case I've tried to execute the described procedures by following the tips of the authors: surprise! I've found myself perfectly comfortable both as an "absolute beginner" and as a GIS expert. The descriptions and the observations on the "WMS reflector" functionality are very useful, since this tool helps the user to publish spatial data according to his own needs.

Also in chapter 6 the approach is very "soft", since it introduces the reader to the basics of the largely applied OGC standard; but then, gradually, the book checks the reader's abilities with the practical section "time for action", sums up the notions he has just learned with "What just happened?" and finally brings him to dare with the section "Have a go hero".

In my opinion, from chapter 7 on, topics switch to an intermediate level: implementation of simple webgis applications, configuration of geowebcache software to enhance performances, description of REST interface to automatize tasks, up to the very important topic of security are treated. Nevertheless, the confidential tone, the numerous references to examples and practical procedures, together with the concepts learned in the previous chapters, allow even the less expert reader to try to implement and manage a simple spatial data infrastructure.

Chapters 11 e 12 are really appreciable: they list and describe the basics (and not only) for tuning Geoserver and enhancing its performances in enterprise environments, and how to manage "troubleshooting" also by means of several active "mailing lists". I've been impressed by finding in about 30 well organized pages all the useful references, which makes this book resemble a real, easy-to-use and complete "practical handbook" To sum up, I think that this book is suitable and complete both for those who approach Geoserver for the first time and for those who work daily with this software."
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HASH(0x97130bc4) out of 5 stars Recommended for beginners 19 April 2013
By T. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was glad to see that there was a new book out on the topic, by Stefano Iacovella and Brian Youngblood.

It was very readable and went faster than I thought it would (maybe it would have been longer if I didn't skip a few exercises ;-) ). The book opens with the standard GIS Fundamentals but by the end of it you can be hacking XML and hitting the REST interface.

A few highlights to consider... Those who struggle with getting started with Tomcat on Linux will appreciate the chapter on installation. Likewise there is a chapter pointing out how to better secure everything before going into production.

The book is packed full of screenshots and graphics, making it very easy to follow along. The authors also did a great job making it readable and accessible. I would recommend it for anyone who is a first time GeoServer user. Check it out here.
HASH(0x96c9581c) out of 5 stars Great Introduction. Beginning GeoServer did a great job of ... 30 Jan. 2015
By Victor VanHerk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great Introduction.

GeoServer Beginner's Guide did a great job of introducing GIS and GeoServer concepts. Very good coverage of different data types, maps, and layers, as well as administration of the server.

Recommended for anyone looking for an introduction into GeoServer.
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