Chapter 5. Using PostGIS on the desktop

This chapter covers:

OpenJUMP

QGIS

uDig

gvSIG

In this chapter, we’ll cover some popular open source GIS desktop viewing tools often paired with PostGIS. You’ll find that each has its own strengths and weaknesses and caters to a certain niche of users or tasks.

We’ll start off by providing a brief at-a-glance summary of these tools, liberally ladling out our personal opinions. We hope that once you’ve read this chapter, you’ll have a better understanding of which tools are best for what you’re doing and for your particular style of working. We’ll focus mostly on the use of these tools to view and query data, but we’ll also highlight the features each offers for building custom desktop applications, and the ...

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