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ArcGIS Blueprints

By : Donald Eric Pimpler, Eric Pimpler
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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
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Creating the Import Collar Data tool

The following steps will help you to create Import Collar Data tool:

  1. Right-click on MigrationPatterns.pyt and select Edit. This will open your development environment, as shown in the following screenshot. Your environment will vary depending upon the editor that you defined in Chapter 1, Extracting Real-Time Wildfire Data from ArcGIS Server with the ArcGIS REST API:

  2. Remember that you will not be changing the name of the class, which is Toolbox. However, you will rename the Tool class to reflect the name of the tool you want to create.

  3. Find the class named Tool in your code and change the name of this tool to ImportCollarData, and set the label and description properties:

    class ImportCollarData(object):
        def __init__(self):
            """Define the tool (tool name is the name of the class)."""
            self.label = "Import Collar Data"
            self.description = "Import Elk Collar Data"
            self.canRunInBackground = False

    You can use the Tool class as a...