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Python Geospatial Development - Second Edition by Erik Westra

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Commercial Spatially-enabled databases

While we will be concentrating on the use of open source databases in this book, it is worth spending a moment exploring the commercial alternatives. There are two major commercial databases which support spatial operations: Oracle and Microsoft's SQL Server.

Oracle

Oracle provides one of the world's most powerful and popular commercial database systems. Spatial extensions to the Oracle database are available in two flavors. Oracle Spatial provides a large range of geospatial database features, including spatial data types, spatial indexes, the ability to perform spatial queries and joins, and a range of spatial functions. Oracle Spatial also supports linear referencing systems, spatial analysis, and data-mining ...

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