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Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop: The Basics of ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo Updated for ArcGIS 9 (Getting to Know series) Paperback – June 1, 2004
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I'm using it in a GIS class right now. The book is divided into sections of a few chapters each. Sections have a common theme running through them, in terms of the subject matter they work with. In Chapters 3 and 4, you're trying to find where Amelia Earheart and her pilot went down; in Ch. 5 & 6, you're making a collection of maps of Africa, showing population density, location of different kinds of wildlife, symbologising rivers according to whether they're perennial or seasonal. Having interesting data to work with helps you work through the tedium of "Right click on the Countries layer (NOT the Countries data frame", now "Select 'Open Table'", etc. Going back and forth between book and screen is tedious, but interesting data makes it easier. Furthermore, little comments like the parenthetical NOT above, help to make sure that you're doing what you're supposed to be. You do get the impression that the authors are really experienced in writing computer manuals. Other chapters work with different kinds of data, as you learn your way around what is a rather complicated software product.
I tend to learn best through a combination of conceptual and hands-on thinking (I need the 'why' and the 'how'), and this is a little too much of the latter for me, so I'll be getting something else to cover that. But as computer manuals go, this one is really complete.
The current version works for Windows XP. I did have some trouble registering the extensions (after having having registered ArcView a few weeks previous), but was able to get new authorization numbers from ESRI and it worked out no problem.
Lots of fun to do the exercises and learn.
Highly recommend this book for the beginners.
The book takes the reader through a series of 20 lessons covering a number of practical scenarios with each chapter having two to four examples, where the material is prepared as mxd documents. So it is straightforward to get into the actual purpose of the exercise.
Each page is fully illustrated to reassure the reader that what they are seeing on screen through the structured lesssons is correct.
I worked solidly through the book in about 4 days as preparation for the taught Introduction to ArcGIS 2. I should'nt have bothered with the instructor-led course, there was very little new material and the exercises were rushed. By contrast the book enables you to re-work a difficult area, at your own pace.
I would rate this book 10/10 for content, presentation, structure and choice of examples. I now wish there were a follow-on book to build on the foundation this book has provided.
Make sure the copy you get is the latest version (currently 2004).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this even though I was going to be using 10.2. This book changed my life, literally. Helped me land an internship, garner more respect during my senior Environmental... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Preferred Customer
Great first intro to ArcGIS. Teaches you all the basics to start using the program. Easy to read and follow and very helpful exercises.Published 14 months ago by Fishsqueezer102
Great teaching manual. I've used this with 9, 9.3, 10.1, and am going to do a refresher with it in 10.2. very good step by step instructions. pictures each step of the way. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by m2cutie
I purchased the book to assist me with working with ArcGIS at my job. The book is set up for teaching and not a reference guiode on how to do things.Published on October 23, 2013 by OB2OBX
This is worth the $4 it cost, but since it describes a hands-on tutorial, it is pretty inadequate minus the demo CD that comes with a new one.Published on January 25, 2013 by Matthew Cushing
The book's description matched the actual product. I wish the CD was kept with the book because it would help in using the book examples, but otherwise, the seller delivered an... Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by Recentgrad11
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Book was very used and tattered. CDs enclosed could only be used once by original buyer, thus useless now. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by shutterbug