New Course: GeoServer from A-Z

I am glad to announce a new course on GeoServer that is available NOW on   GeoServer is open source software that will allow you to provide access to your data over the internet to anyone in the world.  It is the open source equivalent of ArcServer in the ESRI ecosystem. GeoServer makes it possible to publish your data as WMS and/or WFS web services that can be used directly in desktop GIS software or as web pages without programming.

This course will  provide the background that you need to understand what GeoServer does and how it works and then show you how to

  • Install a local version of GeoServer for development purposes and to explore the GeoServer interface
  • Set up a GeoServer instance in the cloud and load your data to it.
  • Create user accounts to control who has access to your data and exactly what they can do with it
  • Style your data with symbols created in QGIS
  • Filter your data both spatially and by attribute
  •  Use GeoServer web services in desktop GIS clients such as QGIS, ArcGIS, and Google Earth Pro.
  • Create web maps that use web services from GeoServer and will allow the viewer to select exactly which data they want to view and perform spatial analysis via the web.

This course has over 9 hours of content, please consider that when comparing with other courses that claim to be able to teach you GeoServer in 2 hours.  I don’t believe that is possible.

This course is available at an introductory price of $9.99 USD until July 1.  The pricing is adjusted by country so it may be less in your area. Use this link to receive the discount GeoServer for $9.99 until July 1

As part of this promotion I am also making my courses “Introduction to Spatial Databases with PostGIS and QGIS” and “Enterprise GIS made easy” available for the same price until July 1 as both contain additional information relevant to this course.

More information below:

QGIS 3.10 LTR for GIS Professionals available now.

This course is an update of my course QGIS 3.0 for GIS Professionals.  Those of you who have already registered for this course will have access to the updated materials immediately.  As the most recent Long Term Release, QGIS 3.10 LTR is much more stable and well developed than the beta version of QGIS 3.0 that I used to develop the original course.

Please not that this is not a beginner level introduction to QGIS.  I assume that you have some familiarity with GIS concepts but are interested in learning how to apply those with QGIS.  Also, please note that this course has 12 hours of video content. Please consider that when comparing to other QGIS courses available on

This course as well as my QGIS courses are available until May 22 for $9.99 (USD, May be less in other countries) using the links below.

The good news is that there are not a lot of major changes to the original course.  This in general is an advantage of open-source software. The changes tend to be incremental, not monumental with most of the changes focused on improving functionality rather than re-inventing the wheel with lots of new bells and whistles.

There are some lectures with minor changes that may have been as simple as the addition of a text box pointing out something that has changed in QGIS 3.10 LTR. I also added some additional new material and updated a few entire lectures in cases where there were major changes.

Major changes include:

  • New Lecture 30: Working with attribute forms and validation
  • New Section 8: Joins and relates
  • New Lecture 51: About joins and relates
  • New Lecture 52: Attribute Joins
  • New Lecture 53: Relates
  • New Lecture 54: Spatial Joins
  • Completely replaced Lecture 70: Publishing your data to the internet
  • New Lecture 74: Data visualization with the Data Plotly plugin
  • New Lecture 75: Working with NULL values
  • New Lecture 76: Working with Virtual Layers
  • New Lecture 81: Working with Multiple Map Views
  • New Lecture 82: QField overview – mobile data collection
  • New Lecture 83: Working with QGIS templates
  • New Lecture 84: Opening file attachments in QGIS
  • New Lecture 85: The QGIS authentication system

 Minor changes include:

  • Lecture 1:  Introduction
  • Lecture 6: Toolbars and panels
  • Lecture 7: QGIS Plugins
  • Lecture 17: Loading data from PostGIS
  • Lecture 18: Background maps
  • Lecture 26: Selecting features
  • Lecture 28: Selecting by spatial relationships
  • Lecture 38: Printed maps
  • Lecture 43: Introduction to reports
  • Lecture 49: Working with contiguous polygons
  • Lecture 55: Buffering
  • Lecture 56: Clipping
  • Lecture 58: Dissolving
  • Lecture 62: Rasterizing a vector layer and creating a proximity raster
  • Lecture 67: Graphical modeler algorithms
  • Lecture 68: The Python console
  • Lecture 69: The Python editor


July Sale: All courses available for $9.99

I am pleased to announce that all of my courses on open source GIS will be on sale through the end of July.  This includes courses on web programming for GIS, QGIS, PostGIS, Mobile GIS apps, Python for GIS applications and GeoServer.  All of my courses use standard open source methods that have stood the test of time and are unlikely to go out of date any time soon and can be used without any licensing or subscription fees. Yes, you can do it all for free!

All of my courses are available on the Udemy platform and this means that you can access them 24/7 from any platform. You can even download them to a mobile device and take them with you and they have lifetime access so they NEVER expire.  Buy them now while they are on sale and you can watch them when you have time.

To take advantage of this offer simply go to the courses page on this blog, look for a course that you are interested in taking and when you sign up for that course on, be sure to enter the coupon code JULY2020 when you check out. It’s that easy.

Sale ends July 30.

Please note: I have no control over the Udemy platform. Last time I had a sale over 200 people used the coupon codes with no problem, but 3 or 4 people did not receive the discount. I hope this doesn’t happen to you, if it does maybe try again a little later, but there is nothing I can do about it.  Make sure that you use the coupon code.

New Course: QField Quickstart

QField is an open-source Android based mobile data collection and/or viewing application that is tightly integrated with QGIS.

QGIS is used to set up the project using standard QGIS tools.

If the layers in your project are stored in a PostGIS database and a mobile data connection is available then changes made in QField are made directly to your database and visible in real-time to anyone that has a client to your database. This, in my view, is the mobile data collection killer app.

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New Course: Survey of python for GIS applications

Thanks for your interest in my new course on Python for GIS applications. This course is intended to provide a broad overview of the python programming language and the python ecosystem, especially for geospatial applications. The goal is to provide you with an understanding of how all the pieces work together and provide a starting point from which you can explore specific packages on your own. Continue reading “New Course: Survey of python for GIS applications”

New Course: Server-side web GIS applications with Leaflet and PostGIS

Server-side web GIS applications allow you to build secure, web-based portals to your GIS data that allow display, analysis, and editing of GIS data from anywhere there is an internet connection.  This is demonstrated with open-source software so that the concepts are accessible to everyone without cost. If you prefer to use commercial software I think you will still benefit from this course as the core concepts apply to both.
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