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Building Mapping Applications with QGIS by Erik Westra

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Chapter 1. Getting Started with QGIS

This chapter provides an overview of the QGIS system and how you can work with it using the Python programming language. In particular, this chapter will cover the following:

  • Downloading, installing, and running QGIS
  • Becoming familiar with the QGIS application
  • Using Python within QGIS
  • Using the Python Console as a window into the QGIS environment
  • Working of a QGIS Python plugin
  • Interacting with the QGIS Python API from an external Python program

About QGIS

QGIS is a popular, free, and open source Geographic Information System (GIS), which runs on all major operating systems. People often use QGIS to view, edit, and analyze geospatial data. For our purposes, however, QGIS is more than just a GIS system; it is also a ...

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