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QGIS Python Programming Cookbook, Second Edition - Second Edition

By : Joel Lawhead
Book Image

QGIS Python Programming Cookbook, Second Edition - Second Edition

By: Joel Lawhead

Overview of this book

QGIS is a desktop geographic information system that facilitates data viewing, editing, and analysis. Paired with the most efficient scripting language—Python, we can write effective scripts that extend the core functionality of QGIS. Based on version QGIS 2.18, this book will teach you how to write Python code that works with spatial data to automate geoprocessing tasks in QGIS. It will cover topics such as querying and editing vector data and using raster data. You will also learn to create, edit, and optimize a vector layer for faster queries, reproject a vector layer, reduce the number of vertices in a vector layer without losing critical data, and convert a raster to a vector. Following this, you will work through recipes that will help you compose static maps, create heavily customized maps, and add specialized labels and annotations. As well as this, we’ll also share a few tips and tricks based on different aspects of QGIS.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
QGIS Python Programming Cookbook - Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Chapter 1. Automating QGIS

In this chapter, we will focus on the tools needed to write Python scripts for the PyQGIS framework. We will cover the following recipes:

  • Installing QGIS 2.18 for development

  • Using the QGIS Python console for interactive control

  • Automatically starting the Python console

  • Using Python's Script Runner plugin

  • Setting up your QGIS IDE

  • Debugging QGIS Python scripts

  • Navigating the PyQGIS API

  • Creating a traditional QGIS plugin

  • Creating a Processing Toolbox plugin

  • Distributing a plugin

  • Building a standalone application

  • Storing and reading global preferences

  • Storing and reading project preferences

  • Accessing the script path from within your script