dbf + dbf = 1992
April 28, 2009 9:53 PM Subscribe
I'm working on some code for quickly pulling together shapefile data and other data (statistics, etc) and spitting out maps. That means JOINs. Thanks to the 1990-quality standards of GIS, attribute tables are in dbf files. How does one deal with these blasts from the past?
posted by tmcw to computers & internet (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'd ideally like something like sqlite which can use dbf as a backend or quickly import and export dbf files. The line of thought of using xBase, xHarbour, xcetera seems to lead to this bizarro world of programming-language-database-solutions which makes 0 sense in the modern world.
What's a guy to do?
Also - I know, ideally, a spatial database is the way to go, but in this situation, I want people to be able to do this quickly, and I know that they'll have shapefiles and tables in csv, etc., not database-ed data.
Thanks for any guidance! I've hit my google limit and am now thinking there's something obvious I'm missing...