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Beginning Spatial with SQL Server 2008 is one of the first books, if not the first, to show readers how to apply the new features in SQL Server 2008 for working with location-based, or spatial data. Location-based data is increasingly important in todaya (TM)s world, and is used for such diverse applications as finding the nearest Starbucks online to tracking timber stands in national forests. Microsofta (TM)s addition of a spatial feature set to SQL Server is evidence of how important location-based data is becoming in our world. This is the book readers need to take full-advantage of Microsofta (TM)s offering.