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Learn QGIS - Fourth Edition

By : Andrew Cutts, Anita Graser
Book Image

Learn QGIS - Fourth Edition

By: Andrew Cutts, Anita Graser

Overview of this book

QGIS 3.4 is the first LTR (long term release) of QGIS version 3. This is a giant leap forward for the project with tons of new features and impactful changes. Learn QGIS is fully updated for QGIS 3.4, covering its processing engine update, Python 3 de-facto coding environment, and the GeoPackage format. This book will help you get started on your QGIS journey, guiding you to develop your own processing pathway. You will explore the user interface, loading your data, editing, and then creating data. QGIS often surprises new users with its mapping capabilities; you will discover how easily you can style and create your first map. But that’s not all! In the final part of the book, you’ll learn about spatial analysis and the powerful tools in QGIS, and conclude by looking at Python processing options. By the end of the book, you will have become proficient in geospatial analysis using QGIS and Python.
Table of Contents (8 chapters)

Creating custom geoprocessing scripts using Python

In Chapter 5, Spatial Analysis, we used the tools of Processing Toolbox to analyze our data. We are not limited to these tools, however, as we can also write our own. We can expand processing with our own scripts. The advantages of processing scripts over normal Python scripts, such as the ones we saw in the previous section, are as follows:

  • Processing automatically generates a graphical user interface for the script to configure the script parameters
  • Processing scripts can be used in Graphical modeler to create geoprocessing models

Writing your first processing script

We will now create our first script that fetches some layer information. The processing has been completely...