Book: Pro Oracle Spatial
In the past decade, location analysis has outgrown its traditional use in Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) and has become a critical component in business applications. The vast majority
of commercial franchises employ location-based analysis and services in their day-to-day
activities. With this growing usage, scalable and manageable solutions for location-based
analysis and management have become a necessity rather than an option.
Oracle Spatial is the principal component of Oracle that effectively addresses this need
for location or spatial information management. This product has evolved from its simple
beginnings in Oracle8i and prior releases to a full-fledged suite of products in Oracle lOg. The
suite supports efficient and scalable storage and retrieval of spatial data using native data
types and indexes, and provides new functionality for analysis and visualization of spatial
data. Consistent with Oracle's motto of enabling storage of "all" data inside an Oracle database,
Oracle Spatial not only extends all the benefits of an Oracle database to spatial data, but also
enhances this functionality by adding location-specific analysis and visualization.
In recent years, Oracle Spatial emerged as the de facto solution for storing and managing
spatial data inside the database. This technology is the most advanced database solution for
managing spatial information. A wide variety of Oracle partners and a growing list of customers
support and use this technology on a daily basis in their applications. In short, it is essential to
develop Oracle Spatial expertise to easily incorporate location intelligence in existing applications
that run on top of Oracle.
Given the comprehensive set of features in the Oracle Spatial technology suite, this bookthe
first devoted exclusively to Oracle Spatial-will go a long way in enhancing your understanding
of and expertise in Oracle Spatial technology. Authors, Ravi Kothuri, Albert Godfrind, and Euro
Beinat do a remarkable job of explaining different features and components of Oracle Spatial. The
presentation is lucid, illustrative, and punctuated with explicit hands-on code examples and
expert advice. This book covers in its first three parts the essential components needed for
enabling location analysis such as storage, indexing, analysis, and visualization of spatial data.
In the fourth part, you'll find several real-world case studies that combine and illustrate
different features of Oracle Spatial. In the appendixes, the authors give an overview of
some advanced features of Oracle Spatial, such as GeoRaster and the Topology Data Model,
that enable high-end GIS.
This book serves as an essential guide to anyone wanting to be an Oracle Spatial expert
user. It includes all the ingredients, from detailed information on location-enabling business
applications to expert advice in fine-tuning performance. As such, it is a "must have" for all
consultants, DBAs, and developers that use or intend to use Oracle Spatial.