This chapter introduces the Geo Tools library, which is a Java GIS toolkit. The aim of the library is to allow programmers who are developing geospatial applications to concentrate on building the interesting parts of an application, while reusing generic tools for basic functions, such as reading an ESRI shapefile, or styling a set of features using a styled layer descriptor file. GeoTools provides these basic underlying components that virtually all spatial data processing applications need, but that would be prohibitively expensive in terms of time and effort for each project to develop independently. The history of the GeoTools library and a brief overview of its main components are given, followed by an outline of the future development paths of the library.
KeywordsGeographic Information System Open Source Project Environmental System Research Institute Open Geospatial Consortium Crime Count
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