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ArcGIS Blueprints

By : Donald Eric Pimpler, Eric Pimpler
Book Image

ArcGIS Blueprints

By: Donald Eric Pimpler, Eric Pimpler

Overview of this book

This book is an immersive guide to take your ArcGIS Desktop application development skills to the next level It starts off by providing detailed description and examples of how to create ArcGIS Desktop Python toolboxes that will serve as containers for many of the applications that you will build. We provide several practical projects that involve building a local area/community map and extracting wildfire data. You will then learn how to build tools that can access data from ArcGIS Server using the ArcGIS REST API. Furthermore, we deal with the integration of additional open source Python libraries into your applications, which will help you chart and graph advanced GUI development; read and write JSON, CSV, and XML format data sources; write outputs to Google Earth Pro, and more. Along the way, you will be introduced to advanced ArcPy Mapping and ArcPy Data Access module techniques and use data-driven Pages to automate the creation of map books. Finally, you will learn advanced techniques to work with video and social media feeds. By the end of the book, you will have your own desktop application without having spent too much time learning sophisticated theory.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
ArcGIS Blueprints
About the Author
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The design of this application involves quite a few moving parts. Photo metadata information will be extracted using the Python PIL module. The extracted information will include geographic coordinates. The coordinate information can then be passed to the Esri World Geocoding service as a reverse geocoding operation to obtain the nearest address to the photo. The coordinate and address information can then be written to a local point feature class using the ArcPy Data Access module. The photos will also be copied to Dropbox so that they can be accessed through a web-based application. The final step in this chapter will be to upload the local file geodatabase to ArcGIS Online where it will be configured alongside the Dropbox photos to display property locations and photos that can be shared in a web application:

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