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Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop Paperback – Aug 1 2010
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Tim Ormsby works in product development at ESRI.
Eileen Napoleon is an educational specialist at ESRI.
Robert Burke is a senior instructor and technical writer at ESRI.
Carolyn Groessl was a technical writer for ESRI Press.
Laura Bowden currently works in GIS education at ESRI.
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The one major improvement the text needs is some "homework" exercises at the end of each chapter, similar to those used in the GIS Tutorial: Workbook for ArcView 9 series. I have created my own for the Getting to Know book, using local data, but it was a tremendous amount of work. If you were using this as a self-teaching text, the exercises would be invaluable.
The other complaint I have about the text is the sequence of some of the chapters. For instance, the chapter on geodatabases should be moved to somewhere near the beginning of the text (I have my students do that chapter right near the start) because any assignments they do, you want them to create directly into a geodatabase rather than have to redirect the pointers to all the file locations later. I would move the geocoding chapter to a point later in the text, too.
Finally, the old GTK ArcView text contained a digital version of the text that the students could access on their computers in the lab.Read more ›
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Also, there is no requirement to purchase this book to obtain the 180-day evaluation software (which is ArcGIS 10 Editor version). Indeed, it is no longer bundled with the book, you have to download the 3.9Gb file, but you also get the evaluation key, so this latest edition is unnecessary.
My advice is, save yourself a whole lot of money, buy an older version and obtain the software via download. There is so little change to the book you will not be disadvantaged. Amazon currently (Dec 2010) has used editions from $17.13.
ESRI Press could have provided an 'update' pdf of changes, but I doubt it would have got beyond a page!
IanO - UK
Regardless, I buy a new copy every 6 months for the cheap software. I can keep this plan going for over 10 years and still come out ahead over buying a commercial one year license.
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