Media praise for Web Mapping Illustrated
"If you want to create and edit personal map data, this is the book to have. If you want to convert map data from one format to another, this is the book to have. If you want to do anything with maps stored in digital format, this is the book to have. My advice is to browse through a copy to establish whether you will be able to handle the software: it does not offer point-and-click solutions. As with all O'Reilly books it is very well written with clear explanations of terms and concepts."
-- , PC Update
"I like maps, and this book made me want to run right out and add gratuitous maps to my Web site. Better yet, it made me think that the next time Im on a project where the right thing is to put up an interactive map on a Web server, I will have an answer that doesnt involve all the Web programmers saying glumly, 'Gee, that sounds really hard.'"
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"...very beautiful. Its one of the few OReilly publications with full-color illustrations, which really enhances the map visualizations used as examples throughout the book. It is full of the kind of details you actually need to know to get the software installed, but it also presents basic concepts so that you dont get left in the dust if youve never studied map making before."
-- , Free Software Magazine
"Tyler Mitchell's Web Mapping Illustrated, published by O'Reilly, could have spared me about a week of hair-pulling back in 2000 when I was just beginning to discover open source GIS software. Our projects are reasonably well documented, and there is an enormous amount of knowledge within the community, but there has never before been a broad and coherent synthesis of that information. Finally, new users can see the entire domain of open source mapping from data creation, to data processing, to digital map. We've needed this book for a long time."
"I did enjoy the book although I think it will be a tough read for those without a background in client server systems, or programming."
-- , GRApple, Volume 12, Issue 1, February 2011
--Sean Gillies, Import Cartography, July 2005
"With all the fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) swirling around the geospatial community about open source software and open standards, Tyler Mitchells book could not have come at a better time. The book, subtitled 'Using Open Source GIS Toolkits,' effectively says 'dont panic' and 'heres how' to those in and outside of GIS who want to use these tools."
--Adena Shulzberg, Directions Magazine, July 2005
"The ability to generate maps from your data has long been something pretty much restricted to companies with deep pockets. But Google seems to have sparked an interest in mapping software, and there are plenty of open source tools out there that will allow you to create your own Geographic Information Systems (GIS). O'Reilly's come out with a book that will be a 'must have' if this is an interest of yours...Web Mapping Illustrated by Tyler Mitchell."
--Thomas "Duffbert" Duff, Duffbert's Radon Musings, July 2005