- Taschenbuch: 768 Seiten
- Verlag: Getting to Know; Auflage: 00003 (25. Februar 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1589483081
- ISBN-13: 978-1589483088
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,4 x 4,4 x 23,5 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 385.213 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Getting to Know Arcgis for Desktop (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. Februar 2013
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Michael Law has worked professionally with GIS since 2004 when he began at Rand McNally Canada and later worked as a cartographer for Esri Press, where he developed cartography for books, and edited and tested GIS workbooks. Now based in Toronto, Canada, Law continues to work with GIS software, writing technical documentation, teaching training courses, and designing and optimizing user interfaces.
Amy Collins was first introduced to GIS in 2002 when she began working as a technical editor at Esri. There, she honed her GIS skills and cultivated an interest in designing effective instructional materials. Now a writer and editor based in Northern California, she continues to develop GIS materials, among other projects.
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The writing / Instruction is clear, concise, and well structured. There are fully colored and well-captioned images to facilitate the learning. The fore-edge of the book is color-coded (different shades of green) and thus allows you to access specific chapters with more ease! (I thought that was a nice touch!). The more technical sections of the book offer very useful "Tips" on how to do something and/or avoid common mistakes. A dictionary of the technical terms used in GIS and within Arc is located in the back, which is important when putting parts of the text in layman context.
Overall, based on what I have seen thus far, I would say this book is probably the best bang for your buck on Amazon. I will come back after I finish the class and the exercises in this book to provide a more comprehensive review of the book and its contents.
IMPORTANT: I did not receive a CD with the book. HOWEVER! the key to the 6 month trial of ArcGIS is on the inside of the back cover! Go to esripress.esri.com/bookresources, make an esri account, follow the steps, and use your key there! NOTE: Despite the book being tailored for using ArcGIS, 10.2/10.3, Esri allows you to download the 6 month trial with any version from 10.2.2 up to the most recent 10.4.1 version. Which is a big plus!
The layout of the instructions is great. What you actually have to do on the program is bolded and green. Information about the action you just performed comes after in smaller, black text. Each step is numbered. Because you have to keep looking from the book to the computer screen, this design for instructions is genius. You can easily spot where each step is and keep your place, and you don't have to sift through a ton of text to find the next step.
If you don't have much experience with computers, you can still learn GIS with this book. Each window, tab, button, toolbar, or tool is clearly described either by its exact place on the screen or by its appearance. Most of the time, there is even a picture of whatever it is in the book, right next to the step, in color. The book may even be excessive or repetitive in this respect, showing or describing to you each time what you need, but never bothered me--quite the opposite, it really helped.
This repetitiveness is also true for the steps it takes to complete certain processes. You will be instructed how to complete a process for the first time in one lesson, then in following lessons you may be asked to complete that process again for a different map. Many times after you learn the process for the first time and are asked to repeat this process, there are instructions in case you can't remember how to do it. When this isn't true, the book clearly tells you exactly what process they want you to do, so it is easy to go back and find the instructions.
The only thing I dislike about the book and program is that it is so easy to complete the actions without really taking note of what you're doing that you can very easily forget how to do what you just learned by the next lesson. You are taught to do so much in a very short amount of time, and there is no built-in review or "on-you-own"-style practice. I think a review or a practice at the end of each lesson would be helpful in retention by making you think critically and reinforcing the steps and processes in your mind.
At my school this course is required as a core class of the geography program. GIS is a very important system for geographers to know nowadays, (as well as professionals in many other fields). That being said, I had no interest towards this class or program and found it boring. But I cannot criticize the textbook because it makes the class simple and as painless as possible. The book is of course dull, but only because it is an instruction course for a computer program. It couldn't possibly be interesting. It could totally be difficult and inefficient--but it isn't.