The GIS 20: Essential Skills presents step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and practical tips on how to perform the top twenty skills needed to successfully use a geographic information system (GIS). These skills include finding and editing data, querying GIS maps, creating reports, and sharing and publishing your maps. The second edition offers nine bonus topics to further advance your skills, exercise data on the accompanying DVD, and ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop software (180-day use) to work through the exercises.
Brand: Esri Press
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I purchased the book to study for a upcoming test. I had planned to finish it in 5 days. I was surprised to see that it was not a long book and easily finished it in 4. The book is well written and laid out with just the right amount of color here and there. That is, it is not garish and hard to look at but rather inviting. The illustrations are very good. The chapters are concise and to the point. Chapter 8 caused some problems though and therefore I was unable to do the problem. Nevertheless, because of the quality of writing, the fact that it is not long and overly detailed, it is an excellent quick reference. I will keep it and refer to it from time to time, knowing that I will not have to kill a whole day to review some basic procedures.
It's great up until chapter 8. Then it all falls apart. I keep getting errors every time I try to use an Address Locator. It turns out this is a common problem and your 180 free trial doesn't come with support so it's a pain in the *** to try and fix it. I still haven't been able to work 8-10 because of this issue. If you have a full version of ArcGIS then this is probably a good book for you, but don't buy it if you or your school doesn't have ESRI support or a customer number, because ESRI won't even try to help correct their problem unless you've spent a lot of money on their product.
If you have never used ArcMap before and have no other resources to draw from, this book is a decent enough starting point. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the tutorials are easy to follow and it is well illustrated.
However, if you have any shred of experience with the program it probably is not going to be worth you time. This book was assigned for a college GIS course taught at a fairly intro level. I had taken a course prior, but even my classmates who had no prior experience had absolutely no use for this book. Any time we needed the help of a book, this one fell short.
Should you find yourself having to learn the basics quickly, getting the feel for some processes and terminology to help you google search things (esri has great resources online), this might not be a bad choice. Otherwise, I'd pass on this one.
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